News flash! There are more guns than cars in the United States. What do you think of that?
Gun related deaths averaged about 30 per day in 2013, which equals 10,950 people. With about 300 million guns in the country, that equals about one death for every 27,400 guns.
Of course, one is too many.
Automobile related deaths averaged around 96 per day in 2013, for a total of 35,200 deaths. Since there are approximately 253 million autos in the country, the death rate equals one death for every 7188 automobiles.
Again, one is too many.
Do guns kill people? Yes and no.
Do automobiles kill people? Yes and no.
Percentage of guns to gun related deaths – 0.00365%
Percentage of automobiles to auto related deaths – 0.01391%
Yes, it is true, more automobiles are involved in fatalities than guns. Gun owners, does that information give you a reason to high five one another?
Isn’t one death too many?
A lot of my friends are gun owners. I’m not a gun owner, though at one time I owned an old 12 gauge shotgun. I’m not anti-guns.
Nor am I anti-autos.
I am anti-death.
People say guns don’t kill people. People kill people. But what do they use, at least 115 a day last year?
I can hear you now. “You just said autos kill more people than guns!”
True. But try and picture someone walking along with a car stuck in their pants, until they reach the person they’re “car-ing for”. As they approach the person they’ve planned to kill, they reach into their pants, pull out the car, and smash into them. The victim didn’t see it coming.
Was that hard to picture? Yes? Why? Because it’s hard to conceal a car. And, unfortunately, accidents happen.
However, it’s much easier to imagine the scenario with that same someone walking with a pistol in their pocket. And, though some accidental shootings have occurred, most shootings happen on purpose. Most gun related deaths were cold-blooded murder.
I have a problem with cold-blooded murder, whether someone uses a gun, a car, or their breath.
I get the second amendment thing. I’m all for defending our rights.
But back in the day when our forefathers penned our “rights” this was a different country. Things happened a lot slower, life was less stressful, and people were more God-fearing. Schools didn’t need armed policemen or metal detectors. Hate crimes? Nonexistent. Was life or the people perfect? No. But people were trained in social graces; mainly, how to get along with others.
Homes didn’t have the luxury of cable or dish TV, broadcasting nonstop violence and depravity. Video games? Not even.
Back then “mature” didn’t refer to age only, but the full development of a person. Mature audiences weren’t simply people who were old enough to listen to smut filled “jokes”. They were people who had developed more than their sexual organs. They could live in society, even through hard times, and cope without expecting a handout from the government.
People could handle being told “no”.
I know some of my friends won’t agree with my take on gun laws, gun control, etc. Sorry.
Life isn’t about you, or me, for that matter. Life is about…
Life. Remember, one death is too many.
I’m not sure what the answer is. But I’m a bit concerned that people want us to go back to the days of the old Dodge City, Kansas, and Marshall Matt Dillon. Guns, guns, and more guns.
Sorry, I just don’t believe THIS society can handle the responsibility or the pressure.
Tell me what you think. Do you have any good ideas?