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Interesting Facts About Gun Control
Wisdom is not a flower to be plucked, it is a mountain that must be climbed. Do not depend on the Government or media to provide you with wisdom. Let's look at some facts about Gun Control.
There are 30,000 gun related deaths per year by firearms, and this number is not disputed. The U.S. population 324,059,091 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2016.
Doing the math that is 0.000000925% of the population die from gun related actions each year. Statistically speaking, this is insignificant!
To put this in perspective. Cause of Death Odds of Dying Heart Disease and Cancer 1 in 7 Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease 1 in 28 Intentional Self-harm 1 in 95 Unintentional Poisoning by and Exposure to Noxious Substances 1 in 96 Motor Vehicle Crash 1 in 114 Fall 1 in 127 Assault by Firearm 1 in 370 Car Occupant 1 in 645 Pedestrian Incident 1 in 647 Motorcycle Rider Incident 1 in 985 Unintentional Drowning and Submersion 1 in 1,188 Exposure to Fire, Flames or Smoke 1 in 1,498 Choking from Inhalation and Ingestion of Food 1 in 3,461 Pedacyclist Incident 1 in 4,486 Firearms Discharge 1 in 6,905 Source: National Safety Council estimates based on data from National Center for Health Statistics-Mortality Data, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Deaths are classified on the basis of the World Health Organization's The International Classification of Diseases (ICD). For additional mortality figures, and estimated one-year and lifetime odds, see Injury Facts 2017 Edition, pages 40-43. What is never told, however, is a breakdown of those 30,000 deaths, to put them in perspective as compared to other causes of death it looks like this:
- 15% (4500) are by law enforcement in the line of duty and justified
- 17% (5100) are through criminal activity, gang and drug related or mentally ill persons, gun violence
- 3% (900) are accidental discharge deaths
Let's look at how are those 5,000 deaths are allocated across the country?
344 homicides (6.7%) were in Baltimore
333 homicides (6.5%) were in Detroit
119 homicides (2.3%) were in Washington D.C. (a 54% increase over prior years)
This is what BLM (Black Lives Matter) is complaining about.
This basically leaves 3,825 for the rest of the entire country which on average, is about 75 deaths per state. That is an average because some States, like the High Gun Control States of New York and California, have much higher rates than others. Let's look at California which had 1,169 gun deaths and Alabama that had only one.
Since high Gun Control states have higher crime and are normally run by Democrats and have higher gun crimes and murders, but other states with less gun control has less crime and less murders, maybe it is not the Gun causing these statistics.
Although 5,100 deaths per year may sound bad, it really is a very small percentage. Let's look at other causes of death in comparison.
36,000 people die each year from the flu, far exceeding the criminal gun deaths
34,000 people die each year in traffic fatalities (exceeding gun deaths even if you include suicide)
- 710,000 people die per year from heart disease. That's 142 times more people than die by guns.
A little history shows in early times without guns, people still kill each other. The homicide rate in Amsterdam was 47 per 100,000 persons in the middle of the 15th century. US current rate is 4.7, so 10 times more. They did have guns at that time, but I doubt it was used outside hunting and warfare. London was 36 per 100,000 in the 14th century. Bad people will always find a way to hurt others. Remember:
Easy times make weak people
Weak people make hard times
Hard times make strong men
Strong men make easy times.
The founders of this nation knew that regardless of the form of government, those in power may become corrupt and seek to rule as the British did and will try to disarm the people. A disarmed populace is easier to control. Remember, for people to stop and overthrow a tyrannical Government, if the people are armed, it only takes 3 percent of the populace to stop a tyrannical Government. However, if the people are NOT ARMED, it takes about 60 percent of the people. A Government that fears the people do not want them armed, a Government that works for the people does not care if it armed.
The second amendment was not placed has number two by accident. The founders knew that if the people were not armed then the first amendment would fall. They knew Free speech was the most important thing about Freedom, and they knew that only an armed public could keep a power hungry Government in check. They knew if the Government tried to seize freedom and suppress free speech, only an armed public could stop them and preserve the Republic. Anyone that cares and understands freedom knows the First and Second Amendments are bonded together and without one the other will fall.
The next time someone tries to tell you that gun control is about saving lives, remember these facts. Remember "Before a standing army can rule, the people must first be disarmed". When it comes to "gun control", the important word= is "control" not "gun".
Gun registration, control and disarming the people worked out well for these people after their respective government(s) enacted gun control laws: - Turkish Armenians 1915-1917: estimated 1.5 million dead - Soviet Union 1929-1953: estimated 20,000,000 dead - Germany 1933-1945: estimated 13,000 000 dead - China 1949-1976: estimated 20,000,000 dead - Guatemala 1960-1981: estimated 100,000 dead - Uganda 1971-1979: estimated 300,000 dead - Cambodia 1975-1979: estimated 1,000,000 dead -- But this can't happen in America, right?
A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) was adopted. This had NOTHING to do with hunting.
Protect and defend your right to bear arms and know that if you give up this right, then all other rights mean nothing.
Logic is the Enemy and Truth is a menace.