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Do Guns Kill People?

Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy Family Photo

Colorado State Senator Greg Brophy Family Photo

Many of the founding fathers of America believed it was critical for the citizens all to be armed. For example, Thomas Jefferson said, “No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” [A long list of such quotes is available at George Mason University’s page of arms quotes.]

This belief in the importance of arming the citizenry was enshrined in 1791 in the Bill of Rights as the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Today, 223 years later, about 39% – or nearly 4 in 10 – American households own guns, according to a poll last January by the Economist/YouGov.

As a result of this widespread gun ownership, America has more gun-related killings than any other developed country in the world, as reported by the Washington Post.

United Nations (Max Fisher -- The Washington Post)

Data source: United Nations (Max Fisher — The Washington Post)

Every year in America more than 100,000 people are shot. Of those people shot, the Brady Campaign reports that 31,637 will die.

The tension between a nation which prides itself on gun ownership and the reality that some gun owners use those weapons to kill others has led to a zero tolerance policy in schools.

In the past fifteen years, the United States has seen a series of school shootings, virtually all of which have been perpetrated by young white men. Perhaps the most notorious of these is the April 20, 1999 shooting by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. At Cullenbine, the two teenagers killed twelve students and one teacher and wounded 24 others before killing themselves.

The rate of school shootings appears to be accelerating along with the lethality of individual shootings. In the past two years alone, there have been at least 34 significant school shootings, according to factcheck.org. On December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, 28 people were left dead, including 20 children—more than doubling the body count of the earlier Cullenbine school shooting.

Yet, could school officials or law enforcement have done anything to prevent Cullenbine or Sandyhook or any of the other school shootings?

As long as the United States vigorously defends gun possession, it is inevitable that mass killings will occur.

Article by Tony Kahlil

2 Comments on "Do Guns Kill People?"

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  1. LAFREEDOM * says:

    March 2, 2014

    Twenty-nine people were killed and 130 were injured Saturday night when 10 men armed with long knives stormed the station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming, the state news agency Xinhua reported.

    Mass killing will occur as long as man walks the earth. Get over it and leave my guns alone.

  2. Another Libertarian-Socialist says:

    We’ve already seen what happens when only right-wing dickheads are armed. As the plaque at KZ Dachau says, in five languages, “Never again.”

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