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There is a war on guns in the United States. Our media and government tell us that over 30,000 people are killed by gun violence. But, what does that mean? Well, this blog is going to look into all sides of the debate from those who refuse to give up their guns to those who want a ban on all guns. And, of course there is my personal view of, “I don’t give a shit!”
As verified this January 14, 2016 we have these mind-blowing stats about gun violence in America.1
- 52,696 gun incidents happened
- 13,352 resulted in death (25.3%)
- 26,947 resulted injury (51.1%)
- 692 children were killed/injured aged 0-11
- 2,689 children were killed/injured aged 12-17
- 330 were mass shootings (4+ people killed)
- 4,364 people were killed/injured by police
- 2,323 people were killed/injured in home invasions
- 1,281 people were killed/injured in self-defense actions
- 1,951 people were killed/injured by accident
The one stat left off this chart is how many deaths were suicides. Now, according to President Obama’s and Valerie Jarrett’s own commission, two-thirds of all gun related deaths are caused by suicide. Why is that stat left off? Using the government’s own numbers (these are rough numbers), 30,000 deaths were caused by guns. That means 20,000 of these “gun related” deaths were self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Therefore, you can infer 10,000 were actual acts of violence committed by one person toward another. Again using logic - there were 10,000 violent gun acts committed a population of 315,000,000 people in the United States. Is this an epidemic or is this even a concern to you? You do realize you have a 99.997% chance of not being killed by a violent gun-wielding person, and you had a 99.9999979% of not winning the lottery. I think you’re safe.
Although it is hard to believe in this 24/7 news blitz society, the last 25 years gun violence has decreased in the United States. Almost daily we are bombarded with new stories about individuals killing multiple people in multiple locations or some dipshit killing his family. According to CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX, we should all be cowering in the corner to frightened to go outside because we are going to be mowed down by hail of bullets.
What about all those school shootings? Let’s look at K-12 shooters first and then college and university shootings.
Stats for shootings K-12:
Since 1990 this is an accurate representation showing schools K-12 that were involved in shootings (both individual and mass), and how many children ages 1 to 18 were killed or injured.
Total K-12 School Shootings: 146
Total K-12 Schools: 138,374
Total Students Killed: 162
Total Students Injured: 261
Total Students Attending School: 1,297,500,000
Statistics per region:
✓ 30 incidents
✓ 27 fatalities
✓ 40 injuries
✓ 11 incidents
✓ 40 fatalities
✓ 23 injuries
✓ 58 incidents
✓ 40 fatalities
✓ 84 injuries
✓ 47 incidents
✓ 55 fatalities
✓ 114 injuries
Let’s add some perspective. Your child is more likely to be shot in the South and more likely to be killed in the West. The Northeast has the least amount of incidents and until 2012; the least amount of school-aged deaths by gun violence. In 2012, twenty children were added to the shithole list because of Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, CT. One hour in 2012 brought a 100% gun violence increase to the Northeastern school systems.
Now over the last 25 years, 146 shootings have occurred at a K-12 school. We have averaged 5.86 school shooting per year, although most have occurred since 2009. There are, including private and charter schools, 138,374 K-12 schools in the U.S. On average 51.9 million students a year pass through a K-12 school. In 25 years, that equates to nearly 1,297,500,000 students. Therefore, in the last 25 years, 0.1% of K-12 schools have seen gun violence, or 99.9% have not. Even more staggering, out of the nearly 1.3 billion students that have attended a K-12 school since 1990, only 162 have been killed, and 261 have been injured by guns. Why are we biting our nails over this? Admittedly, any child’s death caused by a jackass with a gun is reprehensible, but far from a national epidemic. Again, the news media uses your fear against you: Be afraid, be very afraid!
I know it seems harsh, but the facts are the facts. Don’t forget this isn’t just children killing children, former students returned to kill principals, teachers, janitors, and cafeteria workers. Parents have used guns to kill students bullying their child. One case even involved a psychopath scaling a fence to shoot kids at recess.
What about all the mass shootings at colleges and universities in the U.S.? Well, colleges/universities are a completely different animal. Since 1990, the United States has had four Presidents - George HW Bush, Bill Clinton, George W Bush, and Barack Obama. Can you guess which POTUS has the worst record? Betcha can’t.
George HW Bush only had one incident in 1991 leaving 5 dead and 1 injured. In the two years I am looking at, colleges/universities averaged losing 2.5 people to gun deaths and 0.5 people to gun injury. I was in college at that time, trust me, we did not fear random violence at school. Besides, we were more interested in the OJ Simpson murders.
Bill Clinton had one incident in 1994, two in 1996, and one in 1998. In these four incidents, seven (7) people were killed, and two injured. Since he was President for eight years, he had quite a good record curtailing gun violence at colleges and universities. Why? It was a time of unprecedented growth and prosperity. People had money and knew how to spend it. Life was good and relatively calm. Thus, it speaks of his great record by only losing 0.875 people a year to gun deaths and 0.25 injured in colleges and universities.
The bloodiest time in college and university shooting came during George W bush’s tenure as President from 2001- 2009. In truth there weren’t that many shootings - only eight. But, there were 54 students killed and 53 injured during this time frame. Most of these deaths and injuries came from just one event - Virginia Tech. That one incident left 33 (61% of the 54) murdered and 21 (40% of the 52) injured. Remember, this was a bad time for everyone. 9/11 happened, we started a war that has never ended, and unemployment soared after the tech bubble crash. People and students were on edge and sometimes, I guess, it seems like a better idea to take your anger out on others. It solved nothing, but we did lose so many good people over that eight-year period. During this period we averaged one incident per year leading to 6.75 deaths and 6.5 injured per gun incident.
But, as we all know, Obama was going to be the “Cool Cat” to fix all of our woes. I guess, “Yeah…no” is appropriate here. These numbers seem smaller than GW Bush, but remember he has only been in office for seven years. Hold on to your proverbial hat. Since 2009, there have been 39 separate gun violence incidents at colleges in the U.S. However, at least at the time of this posting, gun deaths are only 47 and injuries are 60. The October 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting has by far been the most devastating during Obama’s tern leaving ten dead and nine inured. But, more remarkably, there were two major incidents with eight days of each other. Although not complete, only 1.2 people have died per shooting and 1.54 have been injured. Most college and university shootings during this time have been one-on-one shootings. By the way, if you are a college student you are more likely to be shot in January in Georgia, in a parking lot while having an argument.
All that said, let’s bring this to the war on guns in America. It is a fact the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution does give us the right to bear arms. What does that mean? At the time the amendment was written, our forefathers were concerned about fighting tyranny from within our government, as many people were still very loyal subjects of the King of England. Over time it has come to mean our present government versus the citizens. In the 1780s, there was a justifiable reason for the “rebellious” upstart colonists to worry. At best, the Revolutionary Army was at best a thrown together militia and fought a guerrilla war. The forefathers knew they could not rest as England did try to return and take their rebellious colony back. If our militia wasn’t armed we would be kissing the royal jewels so to speak. Score one for the 2nd Amendment.
Let’s return to 2016. I should but won't draw a conclusion. Your beliefs are your beliefs and I’m not here to tell you what to think. These facts say what I can’t. Whether you are all-in or not on the gun violence issue, change is coming. The government wants to restrict your future ability to buy guns and trying to figure out how they can confiscate the ones you own now.
Think about this - when President Obama enacted his Executive Action, he knew he could screw the American public later. An Executive Action is much worse for the American public than an Executive Order because there is no paper trail. Which means, the rules are not set and can be made up as it becomes necessary. For instance, every doctor in America is now inter-connected to the Governmental database through the “mandatory” computer network. Why? The government is trying to prove you’re crazy. And, anytime you act oddly or prove not to think correctly, they know. If you're prescribed anxiety medicine, they know. There is no more confidentiality. You’ve heard Obama already say, people with mental issues should not have guns. Here is a short list of those “crazy” people who might be added to “can’t buy guns” list: terrorists, “no fly” list individuals, former prisoners, veterans with PTSD, anyone seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist, conspiracy theorists, anyone prescribed medicines for depression or anxiety, climate change deniers, people who use speech “inappropriately,” and anyone who doesn’t agree with the Government’s way of thinking. Welcome to the start of fascism, America.
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1The above numbers were taken from 1,500 different sources. Gun violence and crime incidents are collected/validated from 1,500 sources daily – incidents and their source data are found at the gunviolencearchive.org website.
1: Actual number of deaths and injuries
2: Number of INCIDENTS reported and verified
Numbers on this table reflect a subset of all informationcollected and will not add to 100% of incidents. website: www.gunviolencearchive.org www.facebook.com/gunviolencearchive
List of School Shootings in the United States.
The Psychology of Mass Shooters
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