Posts Tagged ‘killed’

The Lie of Gun Violence

Posted by Troy on 14th June 2017 in Current Events, Political

There are about 33,169 gun deaths a year.

Of this, 21,175 are suicides  63.8%.  You could say “Oh…but we need to protect people from killing themselves.”  This is odd given the same people that argue this are for medical assisted suicide, particularly in the terminally ill or elderly.  I guess they have no problem with you killing yourself, but they don’t want you to do it cheaply on your own terms.  In fact, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates and virtually no guns.  Method of suicide can be found.  It’s just in the United States, guns are readily available, reliable, and painless if done correctly.  Availability of guns will most likely have little effect on the number of suicides.

786 (2.3%) deaths are accidents or intention unknown.

That leaves 11,208 homicides.  Of these  80% are gang related.  Many of these deaths are gang on gang deaths as they wage war over turf and drug territory (which could lead to either a discussion of decriminalization or really cracking down on casual drug sales, I generally prefer the former than the latter).  But bear in mind…what is the term “Homicide?”  Well, it is when a human kills another human.  This is why suicides are lumped in with homicides.

MS-13 has proven that you don’t need guns to kill people.  You just jump out of your car with machetes and hack up 16 year old girls.  Or you can do like the Boston bomber and make a bomb out of fireworks and a pressure cooker.  Or you can do like the Nice terrorist and just turn your car off the road and mow people down.

None of these statistics show how many crimes are prevented by the idea that the potential may be armed or may have a shotgun by their bed.  None of these statistics show the number of times a gun being pulled is enough to cause someone to run away from a potential crime.

Finally, the Second Amendment is not about crime or self-defense.  It is about defending your country from a government run amok.

Long Live the Constitution!

Connecticut Massacre

Posted by Troy on 14th December 2012 in Current Events

It is rare that I would use the word massacre, but it is fitting.  When a grown man slaughters defenseless children, what else could it be called?

First, let me say that there is nothing more painful than what those parents are going through.  Throughout the animal kingdom, we are programmed with an overwhelming need to protect our young.  I should imagine it feels as though their hearts have literally been ripped from their heart.  Nothing could be so terrible.

Some would say it is too soon to defend gun rights in the wake of this tragedy.  Unfortunately, those same people that would say that are the same ones that are using this tragedy to push for gun control measures while we are still on the heels of this tragedy.

This was a monstrous act by an evil man.  There are reports that say that one of the dead teachers at the school was his mother.  While I do not condone it, matricide does make some sort of sense.  The two could have hated one another.  There could be molestation or other issues involved.  However, he targeted the kids on purpose.  This wasn’t one or two kids getting killed as he gunned down his mother.  This was him wanting to kill kids.  As such, this is an issue of methodology.  Timothy McVeigh killed 19 kids using a bomb.  The US Government caused the deaths of over 20 using siege equipment at Waco (not to mention all the collateral damage using bombs, etc).  My point?  That this guy could have devised a way of killing just as many using something other than a gun.  If the President moves to re-enact the “assault” weapons ban, do you really think the outcome would have been better if he used a 12 gauge shotgun?  A .223 is a good weapon for distance shooting.  In these circumstances, I would argue the death count would have been even higher if he had used a shotgun.

If we want to put an end to these tragedies, gun laws are not the answer.  Instead, we need to look at drugs.  We need to look a the breakdown of the moral fiber of our society.  We need to look at the filth we call entertainment.  We need to talk about the breakdown of the American family.  Check this guy’s Amazon account.  I guarantee he was watching violent movies or listening to violent music or playing violent video games, but we can’t talk about that.  Right?  We can only deal with the symptoms, not the cause.

My heart goes out to all those parents.  That is all I can say.

Long Live the Constitution, and may their souls rest in peace in Heaven.