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Originally posted by Doc Velocity
Originally posted by backyard guru
All these shootings that are taking place, scare the living crap out of me.
It might help ease your mind to know that "all these shootings" are actually very few and very far between. There is no epidemic of gun-related death in America, although the American Medical Association and Centers for Disease Control have tried to convince lawmakers that such an epidemic exists.
Please keep in mind that our American press also sensationalizes gun violence far beyond any actual threat to the population. If you want a more objective perspective on gun-related death in America, you need look no farther than the U.S. Census, which compiles many arcane and interesting statistics on death in this country.
According to the U.S. Census, only about 1% of all fatalities (deaths due to mishap or assault) can be attributed to firearms. That's not 1% of the entire population, that's 1% of those who die by other than natural means. So, of all the people who are accidentally or intentionally killed every year in America, only 1% die by gunshot.
Here's where the U.S. Census puts things in perspective: Only 1% of fatalities in America are due to firearms. You are 5 times more likely to die by suffocation with a plastic bag over your head. You are 40 times more likely to die in a car wreck.
So, do plastic bags scare the living crap out of you? Knowing what you know now, will you stop driving your car? Well. Of course not.
Like airplane crashes, gun-related deaths get a lot more press than they deserve, and the hysteria-driven press is intended to frighten you. That's because those kinds of deaths are at the extreme end of our imagination. That's what makes them newsworthy, because they are so sensational and out of the norm. I mean, as horrific as a jetliner crash may seem, flying is still the safest way to travel — a hell of a lot safer than driving your SUV down to the grocery store, in fact. So, like airplane crashes, gun-related deaths are blown out of all proportion in the press, creating the illusion that the threat is far greater than it actually is.
But hold on, let's take this a step further.
Do you realize that over 80 million Americans legally own some 220 million firearms? That's 220,000,000 guns, emphasizing the zeros. This is a greater number of firearms than many, many combined military forces. The United States military doesn't have even a tenth of that firepower.
A tenth of that firepower — only 22 million guns — could overthrow all of Central America and Canada in one afternoon, if the guns were all pointed in the proper directions. We are talking about American citizens privately owning the largest arsenal that the world has ever seen. American citizens, if sufficiently motivated, could overthrow whole nations by force of arms.
Yet. Yet, only 1% of all fatalities in America are gun-related. How is it possible that a population so heavily armed is at greater risk of suffocating with plastic bags over our heads??
The answer is simple — the vast, vast majority of American gun owners are intelligent, educated, and tolerant. We know our firearms, we know our rights, and we respect the law. We're not hot-heads, we're not trigger-happy, we're not hicks and racists and hillbillies and all the other pejorative terms thrown at us by the anti-gun movement.
We are going to be the last ones standing, I can promise that — not because we own and use guns, but because we have backbones.
— Doc Velocity
Originally posted by Wisen Heimer
Anyone who carries around a gun without the intention to go hunting is a damn fool.
Originally posted by ahnggk
reply to post by backyard guru
Shoot the bad guys, ask later
But if it was my kid, I'll happily take the bullet. I probably deserved it for keeping the gun within a child's reach. That's irresponsibility for another life on my part, the child could've accidentally killed himself/herself
Originally posted by OmegaLogos
Disclaimer: I'm a theist but not of the Abrahamic faiths. I have minor biblical scholar and scriptural skills. Also I am not a scientific/legal or medical expert in any field. Beware of my Contagious Memes! & watch out that you don't get cut on my Occams razor.All of this is my personal conjecture and should not be considered the absolute or most definitive state of things as they really are. Use this information at your own risk! I accept no liability if your ideology comes crashing down around you with accompanying consequences!
Explanation: I have absolutely no worries or concerns about killing anybody including myself as I'm Professionally INSANE! RE: Highly functioning Psycopathic Sociopathic Paranoid Violent Schizophrenic for past 20 years on Government pension! [No its NO JOKE! ]. I just spent 3wks in a local asylum due to homicidal tendencies [onset of acute prodromal stage of my illness due to issues to do with medication and all triggered by the Arsonists who started fires in Victoria [my g/f lost many friends and she herself had to double her depression medication and take 2wks off for stress leave! ]] and I was seriously going to hunt and take down my targets with extreme prejudice [think along the lines of flaying somebody alive with a blunt wooden spoon!] and this would of resulted in suicide by cop as I'm never going to prison ever! Luckily I called the cops on myself before I went all tropical.
CAVEATE: I must have a [IMO] VALID reason [i.e. it must be easily explained and follow a high level of logic but it can be completely unreasonable from the POV of HUMAN laws...I operate at the level of UNIVERSAL LAW that sez HUMAN LAW "DOESN'T PROTECT YOU AT ALL...IT JUST PUNISHES THE ""CRIMINAL"" AFTER THE FACT!"...care to dispute this?
For example....I hold that BOTH my parents have MURDERED ME ALREADY by their actions in creating me as both mortal [death sentence] and vulnerable [callous disregard for me personally] and this is a FACT created by them both when they both SHOULD have know BETTER [university trained DAMNIT!!!]...Now I could hold this against them and previously I have and have acted on this with deadly intent as I chased my mum around the house at age of 15yrs old with a large butchers knife and a meat cleaver with the aim of slaughtering and eating her! So killing anything for me is easy peasy. I just need a really good reason! Please don't give me one OK!
Personal Disclosure: I seriously don't advocate that anybody follow my example! But if you do then please be a real man and call the cops on yourself like I did. It can do wonders for your machismo!!!
Edited to Star and Flag the OP.
[edit on 13-3-2009 by OmegaLogos]