I love guns. I love guns so much that I can’t seem to stop buying them. I love shooting them. I love cleaning them. I love kitting them out. I love buying pretty ammo for them. I love guns. My love of shooting is just one reason of the minor reasons I joined the Army in 1994.
It’s funny because whenever we have a range coming up for those that need to qualify on their assigned weapons, a lot of Soldiers complain about having to go. Heck, we only have to qualify once a year for criminy sakes. But, not me! I try to go to every range I know about, regardless of the caliber. Why not? It’s free ammo! The only thing that sucks about it is all the gear I have to wear to qualify.
With that said, I was naturally pissed off at an ignorant article I found in the USA Today quoting the Center for Disease Control’s finding that gun violence occurs more in big cities. REALLY?! Say it ain’t so!!
According to the CDC, 25,423 murders by gunfire took place in the United States in 2006 through 2007 — the years of the most recent available statistics.
Among these deaths, the rate of firearm homicides was higher in inner cities than in other parts of cities and higher than the murder rate of the country as a whole, Dahlberg said. People living in 50 of the largest cities, in fact, accounted for 67% of all firearm homicides.
Our liberal media didn’t seem to notice one important fact into why big cities have higher murder rates – nearly all big cities have strict gun control laws that prevent citizens from being able to defend themselves! Yeah, didn’t see that little tidbit in the story! As a matter of fact, the city with the tightest gun control laws also has the highest number of law enforcement officers killed by guns-yup, Chicago!
When will the gun control crowd actually open their eyes and see the reality of allowing law-abiding Americans to “keep and bear arms?” They can continue living as victims. I’m not saying that everyone or anyone should be required to carry guns. They can go on about their merry lives thinking that when the time comes they can talk their way out of a violent robbery or break-in. I just ask those bad guys to let me know ahead of time when they will target the gunless so I can pull up a grill and a few chairs to watch the show!
I love that my moniker at work is the same as your blog posting name and that we have the same love of guns. I hate that the liberal media refuses to tell the whole story when it comes to guns. Thanks for bringing this particular instance to light!
One has to wonder, is it really a coincidence the Liberal (Democrat Logo) is an Ass?
Liked the post! We are gun lovers as well. We taught our kids how to shoot before they were nine with a little .22. We still shoot. Anytime we like now. Out here in the country we can fire off a few caps when ever the urge hits us. Its really quite out here for the most part, except on some days you will hear the sound of gunfire banging off the hills. Some of my wifes family are liberals. They really freak out when visiting, and they hear it too. I was raised around guns. We get frustrated at how the liberals try to make gun owners look like. But the liberal attitude towards guns is no surprise, but they still irk me! If only more ordinary citizens owned guns I think that we would have less murder, rapes, stick-ups… Yet we still hear those liberal commercials that tell ordinary citizens not to defend themselves when attacked, but to call the professionals. Yet we are hearing more reports here in Texas how ordinary citizens have stopped a crime from happening to them because they had a gun.
Good article, CJ. The leftists hate the 2nd Amendment for the same reason they hate the fact that we drive cars – too much personal liberty on our part and too little control on their part.
When the second amendment goes away, who is going to protect the left? The “cops”, Oh! by then they will be called “federal police”…YES! wake up. The average American gun buyer, legal, shoot his wonderful purchase once or twice, than it is put in the closet or the gun save until he remembers he has it. He of she takes it out, looks at it and puts it back for another moment when he/she remembers he/she owns it. This is 92% of the legal gun buyers in America. Smile America, you got shot in the head again by stupidity…Holaters an idiot, needs to be removed and if he stays he need to be tried for ” crimes against humanity”. I was not “legal” for Bush to go after obl. but ok for “lackey boy,” big ears, brainless blunder to
Exactly! The Libs don’t give a crap about saving lives. All they care about is power and control.
“Inner city” has become codespeak for “African American.” What isn’t said (very carefully isn’t said) is that the overwhelming majority of homicide perpetrators and victims are young black men – on the order of six times the rate of the rest of the population.
Is that due to stringent laws against being armed for self-defense? Honestly, I doubt it. In 1997 the population of black men 35 years of age or younger in this country was estimated by the Centers for Disease Control to be not quite 11.5 million. Of that group, 5,596 died by homicide, 4,955 (88.5%) of those by gunshot. The total population was estimated at 301.5 million of which a total of 18,361 people died by homicide. So a group that makes up only 3.8% of the total population provided 30.5% of the homicide victims in 1997. Why doesn’t USAToday couch it in those terms?
We’re to believe that the cause of this disparity is a lack of gun control? It is not. It’s a problem of culture, and anyone willing to take the liberal blinders off can see that.
What has caused that culture? Well, to be sure the roots of it go back to slavery and the aftermath of the Civil War: Jim Crow laws, institutionalized discrimination, etc. But if you check the historical statistics, blacks in this country were pulling themselves up as the Civil Rights movement got underway in the 1950’s.
Until the Welfare State got dropped on them to “help.” The welfare state destroyed the inner city. It didn’t help black families, it wrecked them wholesale. And it created generation after generation of young men with no strong positive adult male guidance, no role models other than their friends and relatives who either went to jail or died.
Whose fault is this? Ours. Because it’s blindingly obvious that the stated purpose of the Welfare State is the exact opposite of its result, and we’ve done nothing but dump more money into it. “The philosophy cannot be wrong! Do it again, only HARDER!”
And we let them.
No one is happier than I am with the march that activists have made in restoring our right to arms, but if we’re really interested in reducing the carnage, we need to do something about fixing the real, obvious, and identifiable problem of inner-city youth violence.
And “gun control” is damned sure not that solution.
Gun violence? What kind of BS leftist PC speech is that?
I’ve never seen a gun go out on it’s own and shoot someone.
It boils down to one thing really–leftists fear an armed populace because they can fight back if needed against their totalitarian edicts.
It’s a pity, really- but most of the gun violence comes from those who,#1- have never really gone hunting, and#2- were never taught how to properly handle weaponry, #3- do not have a father figure they can look up to for mature, sound advice on guns and other things, and #4- do not have the mental acuity to understand that “Dead is DEAD”, and there are no takebacks.
For too long, kids, especially, have been plunked down in front of the TV and watched simulated violence- and they believe that after all is said and done, these people will get up and go home.
Everyone who wants to use a gun, be it pistol or rifle, should have to shoot and skin a squirrel, then cook and eat this creature, in order to bring home the true effects of using a firearm.
Sounds drastic? Not really- not if you want (and believe me, you NEED to) to show your children the truth.
And the truth? The truth is that some may grow up to be hunters, and if so, they will be responsible- some may not, and that is their choice, but as parents, we cannnot allow any fiction to persist, regarding the application of firearms.