Observations on life

When are too many gun deaths too many?

When I first saw this, I didn’t believe it so I checked as many sources as I could find, I added up the war statistics and checked the deaths by gun in the U.S. Sadly, this is accurate. 
    
So the question is why? Are we simply a violent society? Are there just too any guns? Do we fail to identify and treat disturbed people? Have our media and video gaming made us less sensitive to violence? What?

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  1. Yes gun violence is often more fatal then other types of murder weapons. Hospital emergency room and advance life support on the street has been saving more lives from all types of violent injuries but gun shots do more damage. Murders are not just commit by guns and guns are just the instrument of the crime. I am so tired of the gun debate. If you do not want to exercise your 2nd Amendment right than don’t. But here are some numbers. I wish I had time to get them from the same year.

    From the NHTSA the number of people killed by drunk drivers in 2013:
    10,076

    From Pew Research 2010 gun deaths all causes:
    19,392 suicides
    11,078 homicides
    1,260 police shootings or not reported

    From MSN/Reuters drug overdoses in 2013:
    44,000

    The number of homicides is only slightly more the number of deaths by drunk drivers and the number of drug overdoses is about four times the number of gun homicides.

    America once tried solving the drunk problem with the 18th Amendment and changed its mind with the 21st Amendment. Lesson there is don’t mess with changing Amendments.

    Assuming that all most all of the suicides were not successful attempts of euthanasia and are results of poor mental health, and that drug addiction also has a bases in poor mental health, and that a crazed gunman shooting at reports on live TV is a sign of poor mental health, why don’t we stop blaming the gun and start addressing the issues of mental health.

    Truck bombs and airplanes in the US are just as effective to gain glory on the national news as proven from past events.

    Today in Nepal, they used axes, scythes and spears to kill seven police officers, they did not need guns. A weapon is a weapon.

    Are we a violent society? Maybe, but were are not even close to ISIS. But we are a free people who do not have to run away to Europe to stay alive.

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  2. β€œIf only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?”
    ― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956

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  3. First of all, if the numbers are correct, the deaths were the result of Criminals or ill people using a gun – it is not the gun itself.

    Secondly, did they tally ALL the deaths in ALL the Wars in the US or did they only count those wars we were involved in since 1968. I can not believe that all those who died in the Civil War, WW II, Korea and the Vietnam War could possibly be less than those who were killed in the US since 1968. Something seems inaccurate.

    Take away or limit your ability for your own self defense will leave the door open for criminals and radical extremists to take over. Ask those who witnessed the German atrocities and other poorly conceived ideas on public safety.

    Exercise the laws on the books – prosecute those who do not follow these laws or criminals to the fullest extent of the law. In many states, trained, responsible gun owners are licensed to carry weapons or are allowed to open carry. These are deterrents to criminal actions. When it takes 15 minutes for a law enforcement to respond to a threat to your life, you are dead. That delay is not because they are unwilling to respond but due to the long time to get from point a to point b.

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  4. Not sure what the actual answer is to the question. I do not always agree with surveys/statistics as they can be skewed and misleading. One thing is for sure, our young and old, are exposed to so much violence on TV, computers, movies and video games. All we see is violence. There are few programs on TV that don’t broadcast violence in all forms. I can very rarely see a good program on TV that does not have violence. Our news media almost sensationalizes this problem. You can even go to You Tube and get instructions on “How Too……”. Our schools are full of violence and when it does occur parents say the school is picking on my child. We have a gun show near my home in Florida each month at a large venue. I went once only for curiosity. I have to admit I didn’t know there were that may guns in the US vs. Florida alone. They buy and sell at the show like any normal commodity. Yes, there are too many guns in the US and too many assault guns. Yes, I have a gun I use only for target practice, but who needs an AK47? Just my thoughts!!!

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