Human beings possess a natural, inherent right of self-defense, whether against common criminal assault or tyrannical government. Our Founding Fathers drafted and ratified the Second Amendment precisely for that reason, and gun control advocates seek to curtail that natural right.
Each year in America, firearms are used for defensive purposes between 500,000 and 3 million times according to the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which in 2012 commenced a review on gun violence at the direction of Barack Obama. Needless to say Obama wasn’t happy with what they found.
“Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was ‘used’ by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies… Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year.”
By comparison, approximately 11,000 murders by firearm occur in the United States each year. Even by the most conservative estimates, firearms are used for defensive purposes at least fifty times more often than they’re used to commit homicide.
Beyond their false smugness, however, it doesn’t help that gun haters use lies to convince Americans that guns are dangerous to the average citizen and thus need to be banned.
Start with their false perspective of gun violence in America. Even to the extent that gun control advocates acknowledge that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, their ignorant presumption is that the result has been a comparatively high murder rate in America.
But that’s simply false. The worldwide murder rate stands at about 11 homicides per 100,000 people. The U.S. rate stands far below that number, at approximately 4 per 100,000, or one-third the global rate. Our rate approximates the European and Canadian average of between 2 and 4 per 100,000 people, which is very low compared to the rest of the world.
Murder isn’t a nationwide problem in the United States; it’s a problem in a very small set of urban areas. In 2014, the worst 2% of counties accounted for 52% of the murders; 5% of counties accounted for 68% of the murders. Even within these counties, there are large regions without any murders. Clearly, drug gangs have contributed a lot to the violent crime problems in America’s cities. Many of these gangs have easy access to illegal guns.
But let’s examine the murder rate in nations that prohibit firearm possession, which anti-gun extremists seek to emulate. Brazil, Mexico and Russia provide examples of nations with large populations that ban legal gun ownership, and they suffer murder rates of 26 per 100,000, 24 per 100,000 and 14 per 100,000, respectively. All are far higher than the U.S.
In contrast, Switzerland maintains the world’s second-highest gun possession rate behind the U.S., and its murder rate is almost nonexistent.
Moreover, stark numbers over the past two decades refute the left’s lie that the prevalence of guns in America leads to a higher homicide rate. In 1993, there were approximately 0.94 guns per person in the U.S., according to the CDC and Congressional Research Service. Twenty years later, that number rose to 1.45 per person in 2014, a 56% increase.
But during that same period, the U.S. gun homicide rate plummeted from 7.0 per 100,000 to 3.6 per 100,000, a decrease of 50%.
The U.S. murder rate has been cut in half even while the rate of gun possession has increased by over half, and firearms are used for defensive purposes at least fifty times more often than they are to commit homicide. Additionally, the U.S. experiences a low murder rate compared with the rest of the world, not a comparatively high one.
There are no bones about it according to Mark Pantano in his article, Gun Confiscation: The Left’s Dream, the left lies about their true intentions concerning firearms. The only way for them to achieve their real goal of a total gun ban and confiscation, is to take incremental steps to take your guns. It is their dream. Speaking among themselves in private, they are honest about it. In public, they lie.
And once they get our guns, they’ll take away the rest of our freedoms because that it what tyrants do!
Source: 2nd Amendment Restrictionists Don’t Possess the Moral High Ground Share, By Timothy H. Lee