In a collective effort to gain public approval and ultimately disarm the American people, NBC News is airing a series called Flashpoint: Guns in America. The series started on Monday, Feb. 11, and airs a new episode nightly for a week. NBC states that the series is an “examination of gun violence, gun ownership and gun legislation.”
NBC includes in their “investigation” an interactive map showing the number of deaths by guns around the country during a long holiday weekend in January. The map is divided into accidental shootings, murders, murder-suicides, suicides, police shootings, unclassified or open investigations, and even the number of deaths from guns as the result of self-defense. The gun-grabbers will take the data and undoubtedly say, “See, the number of deaths by guns used in self-defense is minuscule compared to other deaths by guns.” They will say that for the common good of the people, law-abiding citizens should be willing to give up their firearms. Even if only one life can be saved, it should be worth it, they will say.
The exploitation of victims of violence pull at the heart strings of Americans and gun-grabbers use that to their advantage. Pictures of victims are displayed, even taunted, in a sick and twisted attempt to win approval. The pictures that aren’t displayed are those of the mother hiding in the attic with her children, pointing a .38 at an intruder after he has hunted them down while carrying a crowbar or the picture of the mother pointing a .45 at a crazed man who opens the car door where her 8-year-old sits in a McDonald’s drive-thru. Those pictures are not the images that gun-grabbers want associated with gun ownership. Those are the pictures that hurt the anti-gun agenda and go against everything that they would have society believing.
While the anti-gun agenda continues to attempt to convince the general population that gun control is what everyone wants, what is needed to bring about peace and tranquility in the nation and end all of this violence, there is one very big detail about gun ownership that they continually and intentionally leave out. That detail being how many times each day guns are used to save lives.
The investigation only takes into account the deaths that occur in self-defense, which are a very small percentage of the total instances of guns used in self-defense. Gun-grabbers would have society believe that pro-gun activists run around with firearms just looking for someone to shoot. They depict Second Amendment supporters as being violent and volatile, ready to shoot at the first person that crosses them in the wrong manner, but this simply is not true. While there are certainly a select few that do fit that description, just as there are on the other side of the argument as well, this is not the norm. However, with mainstream media grossly exploiting every single instance of guns used in crimes, they deliberately try to portray this image as the norm.
In reality, those who are protecting themselves, their families and their property do not wish to kill other people in pursuit of their protection; they simply wish to be protected. In most cases, the shots fired in such instances are not fatal, they are simply warning shots, if you will. They are a warning to the criminal that that person will not be made a victim. But these are the stories that are rarely seen in mainstream media. And then there are the instances where the gun is never even discharged, where the mere sight of the gun is enough to stop the criminal in their tracks and rethink their decision to do something stupid. But again, these are not the stories that make the news. These are not the stories that sell.
Accounts of guns used in self-defense range from 100,000 to over 2.5 million times each year. The huge variation in numbers is mostly due to an unstandardized method of collecting data and questionable surveys. Even at the low end of 100,000 cases per year, that still equates to nearly 300 times every day that guns are used in self-defense, three times as many as the gun deaths combined over an entire holiday weekend used by the NBC “investigation.” Of course, again, these occurrences rarely make it into the media, much less mainstream media. In fact, in most cases, these instances are only made known when people actually go looking for such cases. Occasionally, they may gain greater attention, usually due to the stories being shared on social media websites.
In an effort to help show that guns are used in more than just violent acts, the Little Rock Gun Rights Examiner will be publishing a series of its own. The series will be 30 days of guns saving lives and will feature every day, for 30 days, a story in which guns were used in self-defense.
The Little Rock Gun Rights Examiner invites readers to share any gun related self-defense stories with her, so that they may be shared with others. She can be found on Facebook or contacted at email@example.com. Share your stories, so that she may share them with others and help show that guns do save lives, not just take them away.
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