“Guns are dangerous. How can you support people owning such dangerous thing?”
That was a question I was asked last week. It was a valid question, though I’ve answered it a few thousand times through the years. Still, there are those who still don’t understand it.
First, there are an estimated 2.5 million instances of people using a firearm to defend themselves per year. Many of those aren’t reported since no weapon is actually discharged. Others are people using them against aggressive animals. That’s a lot of times a gun keeps someone safe.
Now, let’s contrast that with the number of firearm related homicides per year. According to the CDC, there were 2,670 homicides per 100,000 people. That works out to about 2.15 million homicides used with a firearm each year. Just the basic math worked out to 350,000 more people defend themselves with a gun than are killed by people using a gun.
However, there are a few factors to be considered that actually skew the numbers even more in favor of guns being for the better. For example, many killers are determined to take the life of their victims. As such, they’re not that particular as to the means of doing just that. Obviously, the percentage is unknowable, but even the most ardent advocate of gun control must acknowledge that some people will simply switch weapons if guns were no longer available.
There’s something else that must be considered, and that is the fact that we should punish people for what they do. However, gun control measures actually punish people like you and me. They keep us from owning a tool that may well save our lives because of the actions of others. You will never stop violence. It’s not possible.
Of course, that’s just the tip of iceberg. Our founding fathers made sure to protect our right to keep and bear arms. The truth is that they wanted us to have the means to resist a tyrannical government. Laws currently on the books make it incredibly difficult to resist an oppressive regime. However, we can resist oppression on our streets.
Our right to keep and bear arms isn’t a requirement; it’s not something that we all have to do. However, it’s vital that we have the opportunity to make that decision for ourselves. Someday, we might not be able to, and that will be a dark day in American history.
Written by Tom Knighton. Read his blog at TomKnighton.com, as well as SWGAPolitics.com. A lifelong political junkie, Tom started out his adult life as a journalism major at Darton College before leaving school to serve his nation as a U.S. Navy Corpsman. Through the years, he has watched government from outside and inside. A former Reagan supporter, then later a Democrat, Tom now finds himself quite comfortable as a card carrying Libertarian and currently serves as Chairman of the Libertarian Party of Southwest Georgia.