The old phrase goes “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” No doubt whoever said it first thought it was quite profound. It was stupid then and in light of last Saturday’s massacre in Tucson, AZ, it is all the more stupid now. So let’s see, someone needs to defend the poor innocent little gun. It’s gotten a bad rap. It’s not the gun’s fault that it falls into the hands of criminals, lunatics, suicides and klutzes who accidentally shoot their own foot off or worse. This is an absurd asinine argument. The fact is the way you control misuse of guns is to limit people’s access to them and control by legislation, their allowed use of them in a civilized society.
Well, the left is doubling down on stupid. After blaming the “vitriolic rhetoric” of everyone else for the actions of Jared Laughner, the Tucson shooter, they’re now off and away on blaming the gun. Of course this is a nature progression with the left, the criminal isn’t to blame, just everyone else who “made him do it.” It’s ludicrous, it’s intellectually vacant, and it’s not really all that surprising.
Calls for increased gun control continue the progression of the left’s mantra that no crisis should go to waste. After all, it is a golden opportunity:
Gun control advocates have suffered defeat after defeat and the majority of the nation today clearly supports the right of private citizens to bear arms and to defend themselves, their loved ones and their property. Second amendment opponents would like to reverse those trends and, for some, Jared Loughner’s rampage this weekend offers a golden opportunity to press forward with their old agenda.
But this forgets some real important facts. The Washington Post did a national survey, asking this question:
“Are any firearms now kept in or around your home? Include those kept in a garage, outdoor storage area, car, truck, or other motor vehicle.”
State: Montana Respondents: 3,066 Answered YES: 1,723 57.7% Answered NO:1,343 42.3%
I am from Montana, so I can tell you that, of those households that answered yes, the number of guns in that home probably average 3-4. This is anecdotal, but you’ll probably see a handgun, one or two rifles and one or two shotguns. The population of Montana is ~975,000. So, extrapolating this out, about 563,000 people in Montana own a gun, and if my anecdotal observations are true, then there are about 1.7-2.3 million guns in the state.
There were 28 murders in Montana in 2009.
By contrast, in Washington D.C., Maryland and Michigan the results showed:
The District: Respondents: 1,859 Answered YES: 66 3.8% Answered NO: 1,793 96.2%
State: Maryland* Respondents: 4,271 Answered YES: 1,028 21.3% Answered NO: 3,243 78.7%
State: Michigan Respondents: 3,653 Answered YES: 1,339 38.4% Answered NO: 2,314 61.6%
The populations are ~600,000, 5.7 million, and ~10 million, respectively. We’ll assume just one gun per household, since I limited experience in these areas vis a vis guns. That means there are ~23,000, ~1.2 million and ~3.8 million guns, respectively.
There were 144, 438, and 627 murders, respectively, in 2009.
Think about this, there are either equal amounts, or more, guns in Montana, yet its murder rate is a fraction of these other examples. The difference is that these other examples have a lot more people. And this is the kicker, the vast majority of these murders occurred in D.C., Baltimore and Detroit, which have some of the most stringent gun laws in the nation.
But, but, but, if guns laws are passed then gun violence goes down, right?
So the question goes back to, why? Well, the answer is pretty simple-
Guns don’t kill people, People do.
I am in no way surprised that those calling the loudest for the constraint of our Constitutional rights are on the left. After all, it has been those on the left who have derided the reading of the Constitution, heaven forbid we actually live by it. Gun control isn’t about guns, it is about control. The Fairness Doctrine and Net Neutrality are not about equal speech, they’re about censoring speech.
Anyone who thinks that liberals are about the liberalization of our Constitutional rights is quite simply deluding themselves.