Every time there is a mass shooting in America, the left’s leaders come together to call for “common sense” gun reform. Senators on both sides of the aisle and both presidential candidates have called for legislation which bars suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms. Initiatives push for even more restrictions, often calling for a ban on the AR-15 and its ammunition. The media is seemingly behind this movement, relayinghow menacing it feels to fire the rifle.
Except each of these responses to mass shootings, from the Senate to CNN, fail to correctly understand and dissect the issues surrounding guns. America has a gun problem, yet it is not a “gun fanaticism” problem as theorists are sure to claim. Rather, it is a problem with a lack of education and fundamental understanding about guns, their function, or their purpose.
There are quite a few ways that our education about firearms falls short, leaving us concerned about all the wrong things.
Using CDC data, we can accurately depict just how likely an innocent individual is to die from being shot.
There were approximately 32,000 gun deaths last year. Sixty percent of those were suicide, and 3% were accidents. Four percent were lawfully justifiable. That leaves us with 33% of gun deaths that were homicides, or 10,560. However, 80% of all gun-related homicides were gang related.
That leaves 1,712 murdered outside of these statistics within of a population of 312 million people in the United States. If you are not part of a gang and don’t intend on committing suicide, your chances of being murdered with a firearm are one in twelve million.
If you are not in a gang and are not going to commit suicide, here is a list of things that are more likely to kill you than a gun:
- A heart attack
- A stroke
- A car accident
- A train crash
- Drowning in the bath
- Falling out of bed
- A snake bite
- Being scalded by hot water
If we plan on further regulating firearms in America, I suggest we first attempt to deal with the societal menace that is lightning.
Rifles like the AR-15, the most common target of the left, is the weapon of choice in less than one percent of all firearm-related deaths. Furthermore, of all confiscated weapons, 0.3% are rifles or “assault weapons.” Handguns are statistically more dangerous than rifles in America.
We have a duty in America to protect our must fundamental rights. We cannot do that if we are willing to sacrifice these rights for faux safety every time something tragic happens. Furthermore, we will never be able to hold a serious discussion about guns so long as myths and untruths are propagated by the media, by those in power, and by everyday citizens who are simply uninformed.