Gun Violence: Reality Or Myth?

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Anti-gunners like to bring up a term when they argue for gun control: “gun violence.” They make it sound so reasonable that gun violence must be stopped, but we need to ask ourselves: What is gun violence, and is gun violence even real?

If you talk to an anti-gunner, they will, of course, tell you that gun violence is the most horrible thing occurring in the world today, but Robert A. Margulies, M.D. (yes, a medical doctor) begs to differ. In fact, Margulies says that gun violence is a myth. He writes,

I do not believe that there is any such thing as “gun violence.” There is also no such thing as knife violence, car violence, alcohol violence, etc. Violence is perpetrated by an individual or group. The tool used is irrelevant.

Most articles about ‘gun violence’ are written as if to justify positions that the authors don’t recognize or accept aren’t true. Let’s break it down:

1.  Suicide, whether involving firearms or not, is an act of desperation, remorse, inability to accept circumstances, or choosing to avoid a situation that the individual cannot control.

The literature is replete with data about other countries’ numbers and rates of suicide. Culture strongly influences rates as well as the preferred mechanisms. Suicide by firearm makes up approximately two-thirds of United States firearm-associated deaths.

2.  Justifiable homicide falls into the category of self-defense, including law enforcement action. Whether it involves firearms, conducted electrical weapons, blunt objects, pointed objects or blades, or hands makes no difference in the end.

These make up 20 to 25% of firearms-associated deaths. These outcomes are socially and culturally acceptable.

3.  There are small and declining numbers of accidental firearm deaths in the United States.

4.  That leaves approximately 25% of firearms associated deaths due to criminal activity. More than half of these occur in just a few of our large cities and are associated with gang activity and other drug or sex trafficking crime.

With that basic information on the table, the question becomes: What to do about violence? The emphasis on firearms is a proverbial red herring. The problem is not firearms, knives, or tire irons in the hands of the police or honest citizens.

The avowed intent of much of the literature on “gun violence” is to design laws that will preclude criminals obtaining firearms. That idea is either mistaken or malicious. No law will prevent a criminal from breaking the law. That is what defines “criminal”. The only purpose of laws is to punish people for violating them, which may be of some deterrence. Until human nature becomes angelic, there will be the need to punish criminal behavior.

Dr. Margulies nails this issue on the head. Gun violence is a myth. Violence is a reality, but the tool used in violence is irrelevant, and banning guns hasn’t and won’t solve the problem of violence committed by criminals.

It is exactly this reason that we need to both oppose all gun control laws and also train to be able to protect ourselves and those we love. Because a law isn’t going to prevent a criminal from doing evil; you will be what restrains evil when it happens near you.

9 COMMENTS

  1. There is no such thing as “Gun Violence”. Guns are inanimate objects and therefore are incapable of doing anything. It’s people violence. Lock up the criminals and crazies, problem solved. The people who want “Gun Control” are incapable of a logical though process!

    • Joe,
      EXACTLY! The “term” “gun violence” is yet another DEMOCOMMUNIST “TALKING POINT” to try to cause “panic”, and further their attempt to disarm all Law-Abiding citizens, and try to turn us into CONTROLLED “sheep” to be used, abused, or SLAUGHTERED whenever THEY see fit to do so.
      THE 2nd amendment is a GOD-GIVEN RIGHT to self-defense and cannot be “legislated away” by TYRANNICAL “government ELITES” that KNOW they cannot CONTROL the population unless “ARMS” are confiscated. People should take the time to READ the REAL history (if they can find an “un-revised” book) and “discover” what has happened throughout the years when Law-Abiding citizens are disarmed “for FALSE safety reasons”..It always ends the same… MASS MURDERS of unarmed “sheep” unable to protect themselves from government GOONS, and their criminal “friends”.

  2. I agree with Joe (above). Has anyone ever questioned why the Democraps tell people we must NOT judge all Muslims by the acts of a radical few, but we MUST judge all gun owners by the radical acts of a few?

  3. “Though defensive violence will always be ‘a sad necessity’ in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men.”
    – St. Augustine

  4. Think,,,,, HITLER HAD HIS AGENDA, HIS FOCUS WAS TO KILL, STEAL, DESTROY, THE SAME, AS RECORDED IN THE BIBLE CONCERNING SATAN.
    WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL HAS A NEGITIVE AGENDA, THEY WILL DO PRECISELY THE
    SAME THING. THOSE,,,, THAT ARE OF THE SAME OPINION, WILL LEAN TOWARD THE
    SAME THING.
    DEMONIC FORCES MANIPULATE THE THOUGHTS OF HUMANBEINGS, WHEN THEY HAVE NO UNDERSTANDING OF MORALITY, OR KNOWING THE GOD THAT GAVE THEM THE BREATH OF LIFE, AN
    IDLE MIND, IS A WORKSHOP FOR SATAN,
    THE DEVIL. A WEAPON, IS FOR THE SAFETY OF A HOME AND WHEN NEEDED, TO HUNT GAME TO PROVIDE FOOD, FOR THE FAMILY.
    ANY NATION, THAT DOES NOT ACKNOWLEDGE GOD, WILL BE CAST INTO
    HELL. A CAR, THE SAME AS A WEAPON,
    CAN BE USED TO KILL IF ITS PUT INTO THE HANDS OF A DEMENTED PERSON, THE SAME AS WITH ANY WEAPON. EVEN POLITICAL GOVERNMENAL LEADER, CAN, WILL, BE DECEIVED OR MANIPULATE TO ACCOMPLISH DEMONIC CONTROL OR BEING OBCESSED OR POSSESSED, BY DEVILISH POWERS. IT HAS BEEN SAID,
    AN INDIVIDUAL THAT HAS YIELDED TO THAT TYPE OF DARK FORCE, KILLED OR MURDERED SOMEONE, LATER THEY SAY,
    I DONT KNOW WHAT CAUSED ME TO DO THAT. A WEAPON, CLUB, KNIFE, DOES NOT
    DO HARM OR KILL ANYONE, THE FRAME OF MIND OF THAT INDIVIDUAL THAT THEY YIELD THEMSELVE TO, ARE DARK OR DEMONIC FORCES THAT OVERCOME A PERSONS THOUGHTS TO DO HARM OR KILL SOMEONE. THERE WAS A MAN IN THE BIBLE, WHO LIVED IN THE CEMETARY, SCREAMED, CUTTING HIMSELF ON GOING,
    HE SAID TO JESUS, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE THE HOLY ONE OF GOD, YOU HAVE COME TO TORMENT ME BEFORE MY TIME. ITS RECORDED, HE WAS POSSESSED BY THOUSANDS OF DEMONS. ALL, THOSE DEMONS JESUS COMMANDED THEM TO GO, LEAVE HIM, THOSE DEMONS CAME OUT, AND ENTERED INTO A HERD OF PIGS,
    THAT TOTALLY DISRUPTED THEM, AND
    THE PIGS, RAN INTO THE SEA AND THEY WERE ALL DROWN. YOU, ARE THE SLAVE TO WHOM YOU YIELD YOURSELF TO, WHEN YOU YIELD YOURSELF TO DEVILS,
    THEN THEY POSSESS YOU, THEN YOU
    ARE A SERVANT AND WILL DO WHAT THEY COMMAND YOU TO DO. JESUS SAID, TO A RABBI NICODEMUS, YOU, MUST BE BORN AGAIN, THE FLESH MAN, MUST DIE, THEN BE REBORN BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD. WE WILL PASS THEN FROM DEATH, TO ETERAL LIFE WITH THE FATHER, SON and the HOLY GHOST FOR ETERNITY.

  5. WEAPONS ARE MORALLY NEUTRAL. WEAPONS ARE TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON WHO WIELDS THEM. WEAPONS CAN BE USED FOR GOOD (TO PROTECT PEOPLE) OR EVIL (TO HARM OR KILL PEOPLE).
    GOVERNMENTS ARE THE SECOND MOST DEADLY WEAPON EVER DEVISED (AFTER THE HUMAN MIND). Like ALL weapons, Governments can be used to protect people or to murder people, depending who wields them. (BTW, governments are more deadly than H-bombs, because governments CONTROL the H-bombs.)
    Alan Korwin wrote that governments murdered 180 million people. But my estimate is only 156 million since the turn of the 20th Century (I did not include the 10 million people Chiang Kai-Shek is accused of murdering).
    REMEMBER: ALL WEAPONS CAN BE USED FOR GOOD OR EVIL DEPENDING ON WHO WIELDS THEM.
    GUN CONFISCATION TAKES THE GUNS AWAY FROM THE GOOD, LAW-ABIDING PEOPLE. PERIOD.

  6. Quite honestly ….. In sixty-nine years, I have NEVER met a “violent” gun … most are so laid-back that they just lay there, waiting for some to do something with them.

    Many decades ago, and yet today, I offered a bounty of $1000 to anyone who could show me where any firearm had ever done any willful harm to any human being, of its own free-will and with malice.
    That bounty has remained uncollected for more than 5 decades.

  7. All great comments but we are preaching to the choir. How about getting this information out into the public venues and newspapers and TV and radio. We all know this stuff. It is the brainwashed ignoramous that needs to be educated, including those whose job it is to legislate laws for the common good.

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