Listening to: Tracy Chapman - Talkin bout a revolution
Reading: Emile Durkheim: A Biography
Watching: The screen as I type
Playing: with the computer
Drinking: Orange Juice
I was debating with a friend. She said if she can choose what is the greater problem as far as homicides go- between "guns" or "criminals" She said that the gun is the greatest issue and that we need an assault weapons ban!!
If anyone knows me knows that I am 100% against gun bans, and other than for emotional arguments I see no logical reason behind them.
I will say why I am against gun bans, there are according to several different reports, 120-160 million gun owners in America… there are 113,000 people shot every year on average [the CDC statistics says 100K but say they take out the average 13,000 people shot with BB Guns each year..] of the remaining 100K … 18K of those are suicides… so just said that 82K people each year are shot by someone else either by accident or on purpose.
What this says is that 1 person in every 1,200-1,600 people who own guns will use the guns in an irresponsible manner, that means a tenth of 1% of people will use the guns wrong and that 99.9% of people who have guns will not use them wrong, so I see no reason to ban guns because a tenth of one percent will do something wrong with it.
I am also against banning "assault weapons" [which is more or less a political term since "assault weapons" aka fully automatic weapons have been banned since 1934 [and yes, I would not care if they were made legal, oh noes!! Call the guards lmao]
According to the FBI of the 100,000 people who are shot every year, 4% of those use rifles and 25% of those use "assault rifles".. what that means is of the 100K people shot every year, only 4,000 are shot with a rifle of any kind; and 25% Of that or 1,000 are shot with "assault rifle" or semi automatic rifle.
According to gun statistics, there are 4 million "assault rifles" in America and 200,000 sold every year.. so we are going to ban the gun that millions of people own…. Because 1000 people chose to do something wrong with it?... that to me, makes no sense.
I know, no one wants to see people mass shot… yet according to the FBI and other students the gun used most in mass shootings, a mass shooting is any shooting incident where 3 or more people are shot.. the gun used most are pistols.
I find it a bit odd that people want to ban "assault rifles" which are only responsible for 1% [1,000 people] shot every year… yet are okay with the pistol which accounts for 60-70 [60,000-70,000 people shot each year] .. seems a bit hm bothersome that you want to ban the gun responsible for 1% of the shootings but not the gun responsible for 60-70% Of the shootings.
One woman said, SINCE I AM AGAINST GUN BANS, THAT MEANS I AM FOR MASS SHOOTINGS.. yeah, I am also against drunk drivers yet you do not see me saying ban all cars.. that type of argument, I understand is made from an emotional standpoint but it makes no sense.
Another one I love is.. you are against gun bans, so clearly you have never known anyone who has been shot. I have had several friends and family members who have been shot and survived and many who have been killed by gun violence, yet I never said.. oh … my friend/family member was shot .. so we must ban the gun, I always blamed the criminal, not the gun. For the reasons stated, it is hard for me to blame the gun when 99.9% of people who own the same gun do nothing wrong with it..so I am to say let us ban the gun because a tenth of 1% will do something wrong with it.
I often use these two as an example, New York City.. in the late 80s and early 90s NYC had a very high crime rate, so we took the strict gun laws route and saw little decrease in crime, what we did next, and what did work was hiring more cops, increasing foot and mobile patrol in high crime areas and that is when we saw significant decreases in crime.
Then we take the Chicago example.. they went the stricter gun law route.. but for some budgetary issues they had to let go of many of their cops and now have one of the highest if not the highest murder rate of the country.
As I addressed in my Chicago school teacher post before, the issue of course is not just addressing gun violence [of which according to the nation's largest police polling place "Police One" cops say that gun bans will not decrease crime much… ironically the one question that was taken out of the poll was background checks in which in other polls show overwhelming support for law enforcement … as well as an increased police presence in high crime areas.
So, while I am against gun bans, this idea that there is nothing that can be done. In Chicago and elsewhere is not true, hire more officers, place them on foot and mobile patrols in the highest crime areas .. you may hear the term disperse and decrease which speaks to targeting high crime areas in which criminals generally disperse into different areas and as cops target these areas also, making arrests etc .. it decreases crime rates..
So, I posted this journal to ask you, what is the greater issue if you had to choose between the two, the guns or the criminals..
I want to see what you would say so I may not respond directly to comments depending on what is said, and would ask that it remain solely on this topic… or connected topics.. I of course have no issue with you debating amongst yourselves…
Okay that is all..
Goes back to my liberal, progressive, democratic socialist – national conservative cave to
1- Stockpile guns and wait for the zombies
2- Repeal the 22nd amendment and then run for office *whistles*