In the mainstream media, the phrase “If it bleeds, it leads” is taken very seriously. People pay attention when they see blood or when people are injured. And, therefore, mass shootings are big news.
But should we make such a big deal about them?
Now, before you get all emotional on me, take a deep breath and read what I’m writing before you assume that I don’t care that children have been killed. I do care about that. What I am saying, though, is that we need to get the situation in the perspective of reality instead of making emotional decisions about a difficult issue. So, what is the perspective? Rob Morse writes,
27 students and staff were killed by mass murderers in US schools this year. That is revolting. It shocks us as it should. It is also true that we don’t know how to make sense of that number. There are almost 327 million of us here in the United States. 57 million attend school in grades K through 12. Is 27 murders a large number or a small one? How many of us die by other causes?
Let’s put the numbers into perspective. 156 people were murdered by gunfire in Chicago this year. There are only 9.6 million people living in the Chicago metropolitan area. It is an interesting comparison, but the results are shocking.
You are over a hundred times more likely to be killed with a gun in chicago..
.. than to be killed by a mass murder in a us school.
Think about that for a minute. If anti-gunners really want to protect children, then why aren’t they protesting and rioting about gun violence in Chicago (which already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S.)?
It makes absolutely no sense.
Maybe we should blame the media. After all, they haven’t given us other relevant information either, like this (also from Morse):
the results [from government reports] say that guns are used 200 times in self-defense for each time a gun is used in a homicide [and the vast majority of homicides were suicides].
women used a firearm to stop a sexual assault over 500 times a day.
why didn’t you know that?
That’s a great question. Why didn’t we know that? And you can bet that anti-gunners don’t know this information either due to their steady diet of mainstream media biased talking points.
The truth is there on the table. The fact of the matter is that guns save many more lives than they take. Never back down from asserting your right to bear arms.
First off, I am very pro gun ownership and 2nd Amendment.
You cite “[FROM GOVERNMENT REPORTS]”… Can you elaborate, i.e. cite specific “reports” so that we can confidently use these “statistics” when we encounter anti-gun advocates?
I realize the anti-gun people do not respond to real facts, but it makes me feel better to weigh in to a discussion with citings from real reports versus media opinions.
Amen Dave. Sources are important. I would like to be able to present arguments with facts that don’t come from Snopes.
Just google fbi and cdc statistics it is real easy
I have a BIG problem believing the fbi considering its immediate past history.
“An armed society is a polite society” – Robert A. Heinlein
Never frighten a small man, he’ll kill you.— Robert Anson Heinlein
First of all, thank you for looking out for all of us. We appreciate all your efforts.
I would love to pass this information on to my friends and to those who blindly believe the media has competently vetted the “facts” they espouse, but I cannot. If you don’t provide your readers with a verifiable source for your information it might as well be as fabricated as any of the media’s “facts.” I know you want to have an impact on this issue, but not providing verifiable source information allows your position to be dismissed as readily as you dismiss the fabricated anti-gun positions.
Please consider rewriting this article and including your verifiable sources or a link to a webpage that provides that information. It would increase your credibility, my credibility, and the credibility of all of us who actively support our 2nd Amendment Rights.
Again, thank you!
This may sound Ludacris but I think that we should do like they did back in the day if you got caught stealing food they would cut off one of your hands and if caught again they would cut off the other hand. Why not do that today if you get caught robbing a person, store, any crime using a gun of any kind cut off a hand. One thing is for sure after the second time they won’t be able to hold a gun to do that again and maybe it will put a thought into peoples mind of what will happen if they get caught.
Now, this is just the way I think.
Our Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment”.
Well MSM, put that in your pipe and smoke it! Breath in REAL DEEP and digest those words. Report EVERYTHING! Not just what you want us to hear! You guys are the worst kind of liars! Get everyone riled up over what? Virtually nothing. Schools, despite the resent shootings are ALREADY the safest places our children can be! Your Utopian dream is withering on the vine!
I wander why the media does not run the story as to why the shooter wanted to get even with his fellow classmates? Could this be the real problem but no one wants to admit this? Banning guns won’t stop this from happening, but changing how students treat each other will>
Delete crime with firearms perped by Hood and Barrio rats/ratas, suicide by firearm and cop w/firearm and righteous shootings by cops and civilians…
and see “Gun Crime” jacked up numbers drop like a rock, in the neighborhood of Iceland, Belgium, Finland etc.
Hoplophobe wet panties and Feelz, on top of (((Nation Wrecking))) and SJW Beta Cuck and permanently scared mommies terrified of everything…sweaty totalitarian desire for civilian disarmament…
ISN”T GOING TO HAPPEN, regardless of any Bad Law that gets smeared on 2A (I).
Their Feelz, fears and evil plans DO NOT abridge or negate my Rights.
Guns don’t kill people. Guns are inanimate objects and are therefore totally incapable of doing anything. What to do? Lock up the criminals and crazies. Problem solved! It worked in the past, it will work now!
well put, but the democrats are stupid they cant read.
The “Anti-Freedom/Anti-Firearms Folks”, do not care about the blood of our children.
They, want this nation disarmed, making it easier to sell us out to the “One-Worlders”.”
The “High Elite”, want to go back to the “1890’s” where 10% owned 90% of everything.
America used to be great because it was a nation of pioneers. People that took risks! Now all the bleeding hearts, liberals, and leftists want to protect everybody from ever experiencing any hardships or risks in life. We’re being feminized by a bunch of overprotective domineering females and beta males. Snowflake’s feelings are hurt easier, less is achieved, income and health care are guaranteed, and grown men live free in their mom’s basement. Welcome to the “progressive” world. Give me the 2nd Amendment and a chance to make my way. I don’t need somebody to clear my path to make it easy. Rise up and be a man, like Trump!
Easy. The good that firearms do would not propagate the liberal agenda!
To the antis, it’s NEVER really been about “safety”. It’s about TOTAL CONTROL of the populace.
Your stats show about 1 in 6 of the US are in K-12. It would be a very telling statistic to know how many of the Chicago 156 were K-12 students. Using the rest of the US population as a guide, 1/6 of 156 is 26 – almost the same as the 27 killed in schools.
What if there were as many, OR MORE STUDENTS being killed on the streets of Chicago than in schools NATIONWIDE? The numbers appear to be very close.
One could more easily WORK IN ONE CITY AND SAVE MORE STUDENTS THAN ALL THE TURMOIL BEING PROPOSED FOR SCHOOLS WILL SAVE. If our goal is about saving kids, then we should get smart and get honest about it.
“Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Idi Amin, Castro, Pol Pot. All these monsters began by confiscating private arms, then literally soaking the earth with the blood of tens and tens of millions of their people. Ah, the joys of gun control!”
“There can be no free speech, no freedom of the press, no freedom to protest, no freedom to worship your God, no freedom to speak your mind, no freedom from fear, no freedom for your children and for theirs, for anybody, anywhere, without the Second Amendment freedom to fight for it.”
Now we have Barry Soetoro (Barak Obama) and George “Nazi” Soros and his Globalists doing everything in their power to destroy the United States of America….THIS HAS TO STOP!!!!!
Re this Government Studies Show this or that. The antis have long played that game, referring to “studies, research” without specifics, without citations. Our side should not play the same game.
My thoughts on it I’m a CHRISTIAN, IM A GUN OWNER, I BELIEVE IN THE 2nd AMENDMENT, these are the true things our new society wants to take from us Believe what I want you to, do as I tell you to, act As I tell you to
BULLS**T I am an AMERICAN my father and a lot of other good brave men fought and died to preserve what this country means FREEDOM but the elitist are trying to take that from us
Our country has become a land of free handouts not work for a living Not stand up for yourself
Remember our government told the Native American Indians turn in your guns we will take care of you? We all see how that worked out didn’t we
Do as we say we know what’s best for you they say
I have one GOD and he’s doesn’t come from California or Washington DC
One must remember these things. !. No gun has ever got out of a drawer, a gun cabinet or off a table went out on it’s own and killed any one.@ A gun free zone sign has never stepped up and deflected a bullet preventing some one from being killed.3. A gun is only a TOOL That can be used for GOOD or USED for EVIL. Depends on the mindset of the person controlling the TOOL. A CRIMINAL will use the TOOL for EVIL a LAW ABIDING PERSON will USE the TOOL FOR GOOD.!!
Very well said. 👍👍👍
Why 200 and 500 instead of 2000 and 5000 the figures come from the same source imagination. The actual deaths and injuries are documented. All we ask is that all guns be registered and gun owners be trained in responsibility and perhaps tested like drivers! Is this unreasonable. Of course there will still be irresponsible users and deaths but likely far less than the hundreds a day that only America experienced, oh unless you are comparing us to the Congo or Iraq or Syria which might be more valid than Britain, Frsnce snd Germany. Oh how many more assaults and tapes do they have because their citizens sre not armed.
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