Posted By Levi
December 14th, 2012 8:27pm
Since I started this blog a little over a year ago, I have written several times about the horrific violence caused by the easy availability of guns in our society.
In Connecticut this morning a gunman took the lives of 28 people, including 20 children in another senseless bout of gun violence.
Yes, the Second Amendment, according to the United States Supreme Court, does give Americans the right to own guns and most people want to keep that right. I get that. But we can’t continue to close our eyes to the havoc being created with so many guns around the place.
According to this report, In 1995 there were an estimated 200 million guns in private hands. Today, there are around 300 million—about a 50 percent jump. The US population, now over 314 million, grew by about 20 percent in that period. At this rate, there will be a gun for every man, woman, and child before the decade ends.
There are those who argue that the way to prevent mass shootings like the one today in Connecticut is to let Americans harm themselves even more. But this same study finds that there is no evidence indicating that arming Americans further will help prevent mass shootings or reduce the carnage. To the contrary, there appears to be a relationship between the proliferation of firearms and a rise in mass shootings.
Besides, here is another recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health that says more guns only leads to more homicides.
Despite these studies, Americans just want more guns. Charles Blow of the New York Times recently reported that since President Obama’s election and recent re-election there has been gun-buying craze in this country unlike anything we’ve seen in modern times.
“For the second consecutive year, prospective gun buyers joined Black Friday shoppers in record numbers as firearms dealers swamped the F.B.I. with required buyer background check requests. The F.B.I. fielded 154,873 calls, a roughly 20 percent increase from last year’s previous one-day record of 129,166, according to bureau records. The requests came in such volume throughout the day that F.B.I. call centers experienced two brief outages — one of 18 minutes and one for 14 minutes — during the busy day, bureau spokesman Stephen Fischer said Monday.”
Why is gun frenzy buying? Because the National Rifle Association is scaring the hell out of Americans that President Obama plans to take away their right to own guns when, in fact, the president has signed laws giving gun owners more rights. But this hysteria means big profits for gun manufacturers – stocks of gun makers are going through the roof. Smith & Wesson’s stock is up 280 percent since last year. Sturm, Ruger and Company’s stock is up 96 percent from last year.
And yesterday morning, just one day before the horrific shooting in Connecticut, the Republicans in Michigan passed a law making easier for people in the state to own guns and to carry them in schools.
Welcome to Fortress America, One Nation . . . Under Gun.