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The myth about gun laws

October 7, 2015

Am I truly a knuckle dragging, gun toting, wrapped in the flag conservative Christian because I can not see how any new gun law would stop the mass shooting’s we have witnessed of late? Even as obama said we should enact gun laws similar to those in the country of Australia, there was a mass shooting incident in Australia. Then Hillary and a few Republican candidates for President jumped on the new gun law bandwagon, because they know very well that many voters do not understand the basic truth….that crazy people and criminals will NEVER obey any laws concerning guns!

If we just step back and look at the numbers they would show us that gun laws have no measurable effect on homicides by guns. In 1950 there were 7,020 gun related homicides and in 2012 16,692 even though there were more laws put in place between 1950 and 2012. This gives an indication that there is no correlation between gun laws and gun homicides. Or if we look at the city of Chicago which now has a 45% increase in gun homicides even though it has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.

Why can’t people see there is no correlation between having more gun laws and a reduction in homicide by gun? The simple answer is because there is no black and white answer to solving the problem so people will grasp at any solution they are told will work. I believe the solution is complex and will involve something most people do not have patience.

I believe ‘we’ caused the increased amount of gun violence we are witness to today, and that it is based on our actions and inaction’s with regard to how we raised our children and in turn how they are now raising their children. If we go back to those figures we see an astronomical increase in gun homicides between 1950 and 2012, we must ask what has changed in our society during those years. I know you who have followed this blog have heard me say it before but… we see a definitive lack of respect for authority and a definite lack of morality in our society.

Little by little ‘we’ have either removed or allowed these cornerstones of society to be removed from each succeeding generation. We have allowed our government to dictate to families how to raise their children to the point that any discipline now is a practically a crime. We have allowed our government
to virtually remove any mention of religious morals from our schools and at the same time allowed our government to open the door to more and more violence and immorality on television and entertainment.

So is it any wonder our children and our children’s children have no sense of what is morally right? After more than 50 years of this gradual erosion of what our children see as right and wrong is it any wonder they think nothing of seeing someone shooting another person? We have created through our own inaction this society that thinks nothing of settling an argument with a bullet.


Our parents once said
you made your bed now sleep in it,
then we taught our children that they
do not need morality or respect,
now we have to live with the consequences.

Department of Justice homicide by gun numbers can be found at: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/tables/totalstab.cfm

A thank you to Winlink the ham radio emergency email system
for making this posting possible

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2015 4:22 pm

    All too sad but true, Pete. We fail to teach our offspring that violence rarely settles civil quarrels, that we should respect all life – not just human – and we ‘should do unto others as we would have them do unto us’… Nothing real complicated here, no Congressional actions required, no new laws, no intrusion on anyone’s rights…just some simple, basic education.

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  2. Jon permalink
    October 7, 2015 4:53 pm

    Finally caught up with all of your postings, Pete. Once again, you & Bill are spot on. Don’t know if you saw this but the Oklahoma Supreme Court today ordered the removal of the 10 Commandments from one of the state buildings, may be the supreme court building itself, but just had a senior moment!! GRRRR! Oklahoma gov. says she will fight this.
    Great to meet both of you on our trip.

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  3. October 8, 2015 8:30 am

    You mention Austria, They removed all guns after the 1998 mass killing. The largest the world has seen by a lone gunman. Since then there have been NO more mass shooting. In fact almost ALL countries that have extremely stick gun control policies have never seen mass killings. So tight gun policies DO work. However, in the case of the US, you guys are somewhat ” in the deep end” already. These policies may not work. I believe it is primarily do to a gun totting culture that is rampant. You can’t take guns out of America, cause guns are part of America. Even if a law was passed the cleanup of guns would be next to impossible. Per Capita Canada has as many guns as Americans, though without a pervasive gun mentality. Some years ago someone came up with an idea of a ” buy back” and free registration of guns. Flopped to the ground like a pig on ice.
    I am super happy being Canadian cause I do not have to worry about being shot or really needing to protect myself even though we do have a lot of crime here. However, we do not have a ” if I pull my gun out faster I win” mentality.
    I don’t think there is an answer anymore. Unless you can change the way everyone thinks about guns then nothing will change, and I highly doubt we will ever see that happen.

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  4. Dwight permalink
    October 9, 2015 2:44 am

    Mental health has been poo-pooed and neglected by many in the US for years. There have been funding cuts at places like mental institutions and in health care programs. I think we need to pay more attention to mental health of young people. There should be deeper screening of gun purchasers. There should also be a law requiring that all guns be stored under lock and key when not in use.

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