To the Editor,
I join my fellow citizens in praying and grieving for the families in Colorado, but also in crying hogwash on the drivel of gun control as a solution to crime I would philosophically disagree with the sheep mentality, even if the statistics of that group were correct.
The U.S. has five homicides per 100,000 people.
Somewhere between a third and a half of all homicides are committed with knives clubs... and get this, fists.
Colorado had 117 murders statewide in 2010, 52 of which were committed with clubs, knives, and/or fists.
Since the almost universal passage of concealed handgun licenses, violent crime numbers have dropped nationwide, in some areas by almost half. Over 200,000 times a year a lawfully owned firearm is used to stop or prevent a crime. The actual number is believed to be much higher, as so many of such events go unreported.
I am particularly alarmed by the consistent misstatement that private gun ownership is dangerous to children. Motor vehicle accident is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for all age groups. Among the 15 – 24 age group, among those who reside in urban areas, homicide is the second leading cause of death. Most of those deaths are gang related and the number includes those deaths caused by the police.
For everyone else, accidental poisoning is the second leading cause of death.
For 2009, the combined accidental and criminal firearm deaths of children under the age of 15, numbered less than 200.
I would like to make a few observations:
The most heavily armed country on Earth, Switzerland, has almost no crime, period! Though our respective suicides rate are about equal.
Denmark has 18 private guns per 100 citizens.
Finland has 39.
Sweden has 24.
What those countries DON’T have is a large number of individuals supported at public expense and raised with out responsibility and no respect for human life.
The United Kingdom has a higher violent crime rate than the U.S. (we do have more crimes where the weapon used is a firearm) and the highest crime rate in Europe. The UK’s aggravated robbery; forcible rape and armed assault percentages are almost twice as high as that of the United States. And in spite of an almost total ban on firearms England has had three mass shootings in the last 25 years with casualties in excess of 13, the last one in 2010.
France has a higher forcible rape and armed assault rate than that of the United States, particularly on the Mediterranean coast.
Please explain to me the “gun control” model again?
In closing, allow me to ask a few open-ended questions.
How are the small, the weak, the innocent, the person traveling alone, to defend themselves, against the larger, stronger and more numerous?
Almost half of homicides are committed with knives and clubs; well over half of robberies and rapes are committed with weapons other than firearms. If I, or my daughters have a pistol, she or I will most likely be better armed then our assailants, and even if we are not, we will at least be equal. Is there anything else that can put the citizen at parity with the criminal?
More people are killed by drunk drivers than by firearms and far far more young people, where is that article?
We will never stop the insane, if we try; all we will do is create an oppressive society where Walmarts and malls will have TSA teams doing strip searches, and the insane will still be with us. Does anyone believe that is the way we should go?
There are sometimes costs to freedoms. Typically slaves are perfectly safe, except from their masters.
Alan Kramer Taggart,