Pursuant to the massacre at Newtown and President Obama’s subsequent attempt to institute a stricter gun policy, there has been a tight focus on gun rights and an immense push to make our schools safer for our children. Needless to say, the result is that the divide between gun rights advocates and gun control advocates is widening.
I have always leaned towards agreeing with the right to own a gun and protect oneself and one’s family. That said, I believe the words gun control have gotten a bad rap. Somewhere along the way, the idea of moderation, of common sense, got lost to both sides and the words gun control became synonymous with “complete firearm ban.”
I do believe control is the issue. I think people who own firearms need to better secure them against theft and illicit use (even by members of their own families.) I think gun owners should be held to the strictest responsibility for their firearms. I do not feel there should be a total ban on firearms.
The aim of this article though is to give some food for thought to both sides by introducing a slightly different perspective on the gun rights issue. This is merely information…information backed by statistics and scientific inquiry.
I doubt there is anything worse than what happened at Sandy Hook in December, but this information shifts the focus of gun victimization. To women.
Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.(source)
This is women, killed by men who legally own their firearms. In short, it suggests a link between the availability of household firearms and female victimization rates.
Of course, the first argument against this concept is that a man who would beat on his wife should not be allowed to own weapons, and there are laws that prohibit the purchase of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order. But that is true only of known abusers. What about the women who have not reported their abuse?
Approximately 20% of the 1.5 million people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection
As I said before, I’m not really trying to push a partisan view of the gun issue, I’m merely hoping to give both gun control advocates and gun rights advocates more information…
And perhaps help them to see we should all be working together towards a solution to end gun violence, rather than fighting against one another. Maybe if we try to view the problem collectively- and objectively- we can come up with a solution that protects everyone’s rights and safety.
image: HR Giger
After yet another mass shooting, by a homegrown (that’s American) Islamic terrorist, using mostly “legally” purchased firearms…in a club with armed “good guys” (security guards)…
Analysis by the Violence Policy Center has found that at least 29 mass shootings since 2007 were carried out BY perpetrators with concealed carry permits. That’s more than three times the number of concealed permit holders who prevented mass shootings through their swift action. (source)
I am tired of banging my head against a wall arguing with people who let their emotions mold the “facts” to suit them. To be very clear, it doesn’t matter how you “feel” about it, or how much you support 2nd Amendment rights; it is a documented fact that increased gun ownership in a developed county leads to increased gun deaths in that country. Not only is it documented, it is common fucking sense…
The number of firearms injuries remains high in the United States, compared with most of the rest of the world. Firearm suicide rates are strongly impacted by the rate of gun ownership. (Kaplan and Geling, 1998) There is a positive correlation between firearm fatality rates and number of guns in developed nations. (Bangalore and Messerli, 2013) (source)
To the gun nuts: Let’s be clear… Obama doesn’t want your damn guns. Gun “control” is not “confiscation.” I know they both are “c” words but see if you can keep up with me here.
It is a myth that more guns will make us safer. It is a myth that other developed countries have “just as much” gun violence. It is a myth that in most situations, but especially mass shooting situations, that a “good guy with a gun” can “stop” the bad guy. ((FBI report on active shooter situations issued 2013) )
And yes, I am aware that not all gun control measures have been successful in the past. I am NOT in favor of revoking all rights to bear arms, but this bullheaded refusal to acknowledge what irresponsible use of this right has cost us is pissing me off severely…
Federal data from the Centers for Disease Control indicate that between 2007 and 2011, an average of 62 children age 14 and under died each year in unintentional shootings. By this measure, American children are sixteen times more likely to be killed in unintentional shootings than their peers in other high-income countries.(source)
One thing remains certain, despite laws for or against gun control, a lack of care and concern regarding one’s fellow human beings, whether in war or through domestic violence, will continue to promote firearms injuries. (source)
Post Script: 6/12/2016
I would like to share one final source I came across today.
For OR against gun ownership, I don’t care. Just don’t keep pretending there isn’t a correllation and/or causal relationship. This article addresses every argument the pro-gun camp typically trots out, with data from a variety of sources. To be clear, I am NOT suggesting confiscation of weapons, but can we please stop frontin’ like there isn’t a problem?
There is a very strong correlation between gun ownership and gun violence — a relationship that researchers argue is at least partly causal. And American gun ownership is beyond anything else in the world. At the same time, these guns are concentrated among a passionate minority, who are typically the loudest critics against any form of gun control and who scare legislators into voting against such measures. (source)
But don’t let the above fairly editorialized blurb scare you off the article. There are tons of independent studies and sources cited.
This article is pretty succinct, and sums up what I have been saying in pretty much any of my gun-related articles… and anyone who still wants to argue is not gonna get any more time from me.