Former White House Press Secretary James Brady died today. When James Brady was shot alongside President Reagan, that moment underscored violence by handguns in America, as if we needed more reminders. Presidents and politicians, famous rock stars, and masses of regular people are gunned down all of the time at the hands of violent people who have ready access to guns and ammo. They do so because the Constitution guarantees individuals the right to bear arms.
At the time the Constitution was written, America was a frontier land. Guns were needed to hunt for game to eat. There was insufficient law enforcement and military security to protect the civilian population. Citizens were enlisted to assist in self protection. As the nation matured, citizens created governments with local police departments and state police departments to protect them against criminals. Coincident with that maturity should have been an increase in gun control, or a decrease in guns among the people.
Why? Here are some good reasons:
- Proliferation of guns in communities among citizens increases the probability that guns will be used by criminals or by mentally disturbed people in committing crimes.
- Proliferation of guns in communities increases the probability of accidents resulting in death or injury.
- The adage that guns are needed by citizens to offset abuse by government is obsolete.
Explore these ideas further in the annotated description. Also, consider the gun advocate’s rebuttal.
- Guns are a last line of defense
“There are those who say that owning guns to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government is useless, because the modern American Military is so powerful.”
- Need them to protect the family.
- We arm ourselves because we have to and because we can.
Most people today favor more gun control if not outlawing them altogether. Eventually, if we live long enough, maybe We the People will motivate our elected representatives to help us all come to our senses about this. It would be a wonderful day when the James Brady laws become enacted.
1. Proliferation of guns in communities among citizens increases the probability that guns will be used by criminals or by mentally disturbed people in committing crimes.
“There is a pervasive paranoia that has gripped the segment of the US that resists all gun restrictions, even when in the country's best interests. For example, the writers to the appropriation bill that passed this month restricts ATF from tracking stolen weapons. The ATF cannot stop terrorists from buying guns, because by NRA endorsed law, it cannot compare gun sales to the terrorist watch list. Gun owners by virtue of their gun related purchases, their memberships in gun clubs,their memberships in the NRA and their votes for pro-gun Congressmen/women, support the rights of criminals and terrorists to access weapons. This seems illogical and anti-society. It jeopardizes their safety, the safety of their families as well as their neighbors.”
2. Proliferation of guns in communities increases the probability of accidents resulting in death or injury
“In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour.1
73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.2
Firearms were the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010, following poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.3
Between 1955 and 1975, the Vietnam War killed over 58,000 American soldiers – less than the number of civilians killed with guns in the U.S. in an average two-year period.4
In the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War, over 4,400 American soldiers were killed. Almost as many civilians are killed with guns in the U.S., however, every seven weeks.5”
3. The adage that guns are needed by citizens to offset abuse by government is obsolete.
What do you want, a guided missile in every garage?
We the People control our government through the American political system. If you believe that government is somehow threatening to you, see a psychologist and get checked out. Of course, if you are sane, how about becoming more involved in your citizenship?