I shouldn't need to say this, but, in an ideal world, there would be no guns. I don't own one and I don't 'agree' or 'disagree' with gun ownership. None the less, they exist, people use them, people die, and that brings us to this debate.
In February 2018, 17 people were shot dead at a School in Parkland, Florida; In October 2017, 58 people were killed and more than 500 people were injured at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas; In 2016, an attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead; In 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut, 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School were shot dead; And a further 32 people were killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
Such massacres have prompted debates about gun control and the suggestion that America rapidly needs to change its gun laws - the classic problem/reaction/solution where problem = shooting, reaction = something must be done, solution = gun control/diminished freedom.
Not only do these events give rise to the gun control debate but they also ironically increase the demand for guns as people invest in them as a means of protection from the rising gun crime.
I have previously stated in other articles that there is an agenda at play to disarm America, and the mass shootings we have seen (yes, all of them) are nothing more than a staged problem-reaction-solution tactic being used to fool Americans and the rest of the world into believing civilian gun ownership is the problem. It isn’t. Did you know for example that most gun deaths in America are the result of suicide, not murder... Globally, the US sees fewer gun-related murders than many of its southern neighbours, while at the same time seeing a far greater suicide rate. (When is this epidemic addressed?)
According to the Small Arms Survey, American civilians own around 48% of the estimated 650 million firearms owned worldwide, Almost 325,000,000 civilian registered firearms among a population of 325,000,000 people. (The exact number of civilian-owned firearms is impossible to pinpoint because of a variety of factors including arms that go unregistered, the illegal trade and global conflict).
Homicide by firearm figures average around 13000 deaths per year in the US, equivalent to 0.004% of the population. Heart disease is the number one killer and contributes to over 23% of all deaths in the US and suicide is shockingly the 10th highest cause of death in America at 1.6%. A sad statistic for a so called modern advanced society. Homicide by firearm accounts for less than 0.5% of total deaths.
According to the Small Arms Survey, El Salvador is currently home to the most gun-related murders in the world (excluding active war-zones) with guns killing more than 90 people for every 100,000 people. From 2010-2015, Honduras saw the highest averages of gun-related homicides, with guns killing 67 out of every 100,000 people there. Venezuela and El Salvador are close behind over the same five-year period, with 52 and 49 gun-related deaths respectively, for every 100,000 of population. The US rate over that period is 4.5 gun-related homicides per 100,000 people placing them as only the 31st highest ranked country, surprisingly far lower down that list than you are led to believe by the media who simply use whatever statistics make it sound worse.
It may at first sound insane given everything you hear in the media, but what is striking about those statistics is how safe guns are in the hands of many American civilians... I'm not saying that mass shootings or any shootings aren't a problem, of course they are, but as is always the case, the media have changed this into a political agenda about strict gun control, eventually leading to the disarming of American citizens altogether. (What Hitler did in Germany prior to detaining minorities in concentration camps, but Trump wouldn't do that would he, he loves minorities right?)
What is required is simple. Reasonable measures of gun control. Things like age restrictions, waiting times, permits, licenses, registrations, magazine size restrictions and availability of firearms for example - do you need an AK47 for protection when a hand gun is equally as capable of blowing someone’s brains out? These simple measures are simple to achieve and these practices have led to lower rates of homicide by firearm in many other countries. America, however, is deliberately going the other way, helping to push the agenda and highlight the (non) issue - regulations covering the sale of firearms are looser now that they were a year ago because in February 2017, Trump signed a measure that scrapped an Obama-era regulation aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of some severely mentally ill people... Assumedly so he could own one himself?
This is all part of the bigger plan to totally disarm American citizens...
Bill Whittle an American conservative blogger, political commentator, director, screenwriter, editor, pilot, and author covers gun control very well in this short video. Please watch.