Originally posted by rigel4
Here is a scary number for Americans... I'm kind of hoping
you don't already know this fact.
John Lennon was shot in New York in 1980.
there have been 1 Million and 57 Thousand gun deaths
in the United States of America since then.
Now that's madness.
I'm not judging you , maybe you ought to judge yourselves though.
As of Dec. 2012 there are 313,914,040 million people living in the states. Your numbers are a really low statistic actually...especially considering
that most of these shootings are by repeat criminals. It is always a tragedy when someone gets shot but cars have killed much more than these weapons
you speak of, even in smaller countries with less people.
There were 32,367 traffic fatalities in 2011 and this was the lowest death count in 62 years.
Even if we use this lowest statistic of car deaths (keeping in mind that many firearms deaths are accidental as well), in 33 years this is 1,068,111
deaths by cars. Should we ban all cars now? Keep in mind this is the LOWEST count since 1949!
Here is the amount of known firearms counted in 2013, by the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey in America (this is just the ones they know of and these
"registered" firearms are not the ones killing people, it is the weapons that Obama helped to bring into this country from Mexico
"There are estimates, however. According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about
firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89
firearms for every 100 residents — far ahead of Yemen, which comes in second with about 55 firearms for every 100 people, or Switzerland, which is
third with 46 guns for every 100 people."
I think that by an estimate of the ratio of guns to populace....we are actually doing really well as a country. It is the "bad apples" that are
commingling all of these crimes....not the responsible American's who have registered their firearms, or even most who have not registered them.
I bet you didn't know that. You say that you are not judging American's, however that is exactly what you did...you in essence, just said that because
of your weak statistic, that all American's should have their firearms taken from them because of the criminals who made up your statistical count.
This would leave all American's defenseless against the very criminals who are making up your numbers. You don't really think that if they take our
firearms that the criminals are going to abide b the law, do you? No, they will keep doing what they are doing, however the criminals and the cops (a
distinction without a difference these days), will now have free reign over American's who will no longer have defense or freedoms.
I know you have seen the videos on here of cops tasering children, old ladies and many others just for practice or fun, not to mention the way they
gang pile victims who are either innocent or have their hands up in the air submitting, as they pile on them and beat them mercilessly anyway. This is
why we need our firearms.....we cannot depend on these cops today...they are as bad as the criminals themselves.
edit on 20-3-2013 by kcabmi
because: no reason