It seems that on every page of every mainstream newspaper and that on every report on every major network news station, there is another story being told about gun violence.
A burglary, a fight or some incident where some particular individual chose to pick up a weapon and use it illegally and with bad intentions.
With the inundation of this kind of information, it only makes sense that we should start limiting, restricting and banning guns, right?
Contrary to what many on the left would have us believe, the answer isn’t that clear cut. Before we even delve into the subject of the mass amount of gun violence information, let’s examine the question.
No matter how we look at it, shake it up or turn it, there is one remaining constant, the perpetrator. In every gun violence crime, there is someone who made a decision to use a gun.
This is a dog chasing its tail type of question because the answer will always rely on perception.
Do guns kill people or do people kill people? Semantics will get us nowhere. So now the obvious step in response to all this gun violence information may not be so obvious.
That leaves us with the other part of this equation, those facts, and that information.
The overwhelming majority of proponents for increased gun regulation have used this entire argument as the backbone of their cause. Just look at the numbers, the news and all these… facts.
It is precisely at points like these where lines are attempted to be blurred, and the truth muddled. The truth is, there is a vast difference between the news and the facts.
Speaking of facts, in the face of all this overwhelming media information surrounding gun violence, is a report that poses a different picture.
According to this report, “every year, guns are used over 80x more often to protect a life than to take one…” and “200,000 times a year women use a gun to defend against sexual abuse.”
No, that isn’t a fabricated story and yes, these statistics are dated (like before the massive gun control outcry over the past ten years).
But could things have changed that drastically, that fast? Have they? Of course, they haven’t, so something isn’t quite right, right?
Maybe this story from last year, that has apparently (and curiously) died, from Forbes could illuminate an answer or shed some light on this seeming contradiction of facts and information.
According to the report, there is a need for research and studies on how guns are used, that includes statistics on how often they save a life or prevent a crime
. As the story says, to have a fair and accurate determination of gun violence and gun use, both sides need to be included in any research and assessment.
That story went on to cite The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, which reported that, “Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence” leaves many questions. Like whatever happened to more research on all gun use not only gun crime? Why aren’t there more reports like the one that revealed such contradictory numbers?
Nobody here is crying conspiracy theory here, that is for crazy folks.
What we can’t ignore, however, is such a glaring gap in facts, figures, information, and the news. Gun rights activists and gun owners support smart gun control.
If there is an issue, they are the first ones who will want to know because it has the greatest impact on them.
There is a lot of news and information out there. There are also facts, that if they aren’t manipulated can help. The truth, however, is going to take an honest look at both sides of the argument.
It is going to require less concern about agendas.
It will mean more concern about how to protect our Second Amendment rights while promoting gun safety.
Here is a novel idea, how about starting with an honest study about gun use?
Of course, we can always chase our tails if that doesn’t work.