At Liberty With Guns

Well aware that the Second Amendment places no restrictions on age or training, I’m surprised this university president is even liberal enough to offer training classes. Why not just provide guns to all? Isn’t that right? A right?

I remain deeply disappointed that gun control advocates, even the US president, remain fixated on mass murder. The real reason not to arm people such as college students is that they would be far more likely to die accidentally or because of jealousy or anger than by a terrorist. Even at a university like Liberty, there is a lot of substance abuse. And when it’s not abuse, it’s likely immature use.

Ten thousand guns walking around a college campus, sure. Mixing late adolescence with firearms and alcohol and other youthful indiscretions … I’m sure as long as “good” Christians are in the picture all will be well.

I recall some fascination about my father’s handgun. He carried when he worked as a jeweler, especially when on the road for a job or delivery. I think he carried well into retirement, too. A few times we kids asked to see the gun. He refused. He was always serious about firearms and never made a big deal of it. I never knew where he kept it when it was at home, if it was at home. Still the home odds favored one of our family dying by gunshot about 5 to 1 over a burglar getting a reward of deadly ammunition.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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4 Responses to At Liberty With Guns

  1. Jim McCrea says:

    This country has never grown up when it comes to violence and gun fetishes.

    1. Gun violence claims one life every 16 minutes on average in the United States.

    2. More Americans die in gun homicides and suicides every six months than have died in the last 25 years in every terrorist attack and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq combined (http://icasualties.org/). (http://www.truthdig.com/cartoon/item/gun_deaths_20150901)

    3. More Americans have died from guns in the United States since 1968 than on battlefields of all the wars in American history (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2013/jan/18/mark-shields/pbs-commentator-mark-shields-says-more-killed-guns/).

    4. American children are 14 times as likely to die from guns as children in other developed countries, according to David Hemenway, a Harvard professor and author of an excellent book on firearm safety.
    (https://www.facebook.com/EverytownUSA/photos/a.310098022424364.55158.309798029121030/671165486317614/?type=1&theater)

    5. America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and 15 times as many as Germany. (http://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/2012/jul/22/gun-homicides-ownership-world-list#data)

    6. America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world.
    World population: 7.13 billion
    US population as %: 4.43%
    Civilian-owned guns in world: 644 million
    Civilian-owned guns in US as % of world ownershuip: 42%

    7, There is a mass shooting almost every day in America. In fact, as of San Bernardino, there have been more mass shooting incidents than the number of days transpired in 2015. (http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/12/02/list-more-mass-shootings-occurred-in-u-s-in-2015-than-there-are-calendar-days-in-the-year/)

    8. States with more guns have more gun deaths. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/31/pro-gun-fact-check_n_2589432.html)

    9. States with tighter gun control laws have fewer gun-related deaths. (http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2011/01/the-geography-of-gun-deaths/69354/)

    10. Programs that limit access to guns have decreased suicides.
    When countries reduced access to guns, they saw a drop in the number of firearm suicides. Data taken from a paper published in the journal IZA, shows that suicides dropped dramatically after the Australian government set up a gun buyback program that reduced the number of firearms in the country by about one-fifth. (http://ftp.iza.org/dp4995.pdf)

    Australia is far from alone in these types of results. A study from Israeli researchers found that suicides among Israeli soldiers dropped by 40 percent — particularly on weekends — when the military stopped letting soldiers take their guns home over the weekend. (http://www.gsoa.ch/media/medialibrary/2010/12/Lubin_10.pdf)

    11. In states with more guns, more police officers are also killed on duty.

    A study in the American Journal of Public Health found that states with more guns also have more cops die in the line of duty.

    Researchers looked at federal data for firearm ownership and homicides of police officers across the US over 15 years. They found that states with more gun ownership had more cops killed in homicides: Every 10 percent increase in firearm ownership correlated with 10 additional officers killed in homicides over the 15-year study period. (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/abs/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302749)

  2. Atheist Max says:

    Statistics show that most gun owners are Christians. Do they not have faith in God to protect them?
    As a former believer, I suspect it has something to do with an eagerness to enforce a “righteous judgement.” It is insecurity, perhaps even Freudian need to validate something unverifiable.
    I know many Atheists – yet none of us are into guns at all.

  3. Philip says:

    I must say that I was surprised watching a news report on one of your recent college multiple gun killings (I writing from the UK) the college pastor supported the arming of students so that they (“righteous people”) could defend themselves from the unrighteous. This underlines how far the US has to go in its attitudes to gun ownership. My main point, however, is that there is a parallel with suicide in that the availability of the means to commit suicide makes suicide more likely. The occupational groups who feature highest in the suicide rates are doctors, nurses, vets and farmers. In the UK the rate of such dal overdoses declined after the government legislated to reduce the maximum number of paracetamol tablets in a pack to 16.

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