Guns don’t kill People!

Sometimes a phrase gets used so often it passes one’s ears without recognition. In the 1930s it was “Brother, can you spare a dime.” (We were in the middle of our worst depression.) In the 1940s it was “Kilroy was Here.” The story goes that a worker early in WW-II wrote that phrase on a crate going to our forces overseas. American boys being what they were when American boys pulled pranks (and girl’s hair) instead of pulling bank robberies, picked up that phrase and painted it on everything in Europe and the Pacific. So arriving troops saw “Kilroy was here” everywhere they went. It was a reminder that some fighting men had gone before them, and they should forge ahead and bring an end to the war.

As long as I can remember I’ve been hearing, “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” It’s become so much a mantra in our lives that it goes right by. And, it shouldn’t. There is more truth in that statement than in any politician’s tearful rant against the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. There was a story going around the Internet a couple of years ago. A man said he placed his shotgun, his rifle, his handgun, and boxes of ammunition on his front porch and went inside for several hours. During that time UPS, FedEx, the mailman, the newspaper deliveryman and scores of others passed his house – and his guns didn’t kill anybody. If guns were truly a problem, that man’s street would have been a river of blood.

The truth is that most deaths from guns in the U.S. are from the hands that hold these guns. And those hands belong to criminals, tons of whom are in this country illegally, blacks killing other blacks, gangs killing other gangs, and mentally ill of all colors who are hearing voices in their heads saying, “Kill! Kill!”

Our President is not known for telling the truth. “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You’ll save $2500 a year with my healthcare plan.” When he says “America has more mass killings than any other civilized nation.” that is another lie. There are ten other countries that have more carnage like this than America. They range from China to the Scandinavian nations.

If one considers the number of killings per 100,000 residents, there are 109 countries that “outshine” the U.S. when it comes to murder. And ALL of those countries have gun laws that restrict ownership by citizens. Just stating the obvious, the countries (and America is one of the few) where law-abiding citizens can own guns are far safer than places where guns are forbidden. Just for the record, America has 4.2 persons murdered, per 100,000 citizens and some of those are by other means than a gun. What we need are laws forbidding hammers, kitchen knives, bricks, ice picks, and pillows.

The FBI Chief says it has no way to vet the 200,000 Muslims our President wants to bring into America. How, then, will adding 200 agents allow the FBI to carry out the more stringent gun laws our President is (literally) crying about?

Guns don’t kill people. Criminals and crazies kill people. Maybe we should consider that angle. Nah…it’s much easier and makes much better press to attack the rights of law-abiding Americans.

 

 

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About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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