Violence With Guns Pushed By Mass Media? : ThyBlackMan

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Violence With Guns Pushed By Mass Media?

March 7, 2018 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Before we discuss violence with guns, I’d like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk driving. What kind of restrictions should be placed on automobile ownership? Should there be federal background checks in order for people to obtain a driver’s license or purchase a car?

The FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report shows that nearly three times more people were stabbed or hacked to death than were killed with shotguns and rifles combined. The number of shotgun and rifle deaths totaled 548. People who were stabbed or hacked to death totaled 1,573. Should there be federal background checks and waiting periods for knife purchases?

Any mature and reasonable person would argue that it is utter nonsense to deal with drunk driving deaths and knife deaths by having federal background checks and waiting periods to obtain a driver’s license or to purchase a car or knife. One would recognize, just as courts and the general public do, that cars and knives are inanimate objects and cannot act on their own. Therefore, if we want to do something about deaths resulting from drunk driving or being stabbed or hacked to death, we must focus on individuals. It would be folly and gross negligence of victims for us to focus on inanimate objects like cars and knives. Guns are also inanimate objects and like cars and knives cannot act on their own. It’s also plain folly to focus on guns in the cases of shooting deaths.

Before we discuss violence with guns, I’d like to run a couple of questions by you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every day nearly 30 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes that involve drunk driving. What kind of restrictions should be placed on automobile ownership? Should there be federal background checks in order for people to obtain a driver’s license or purchase a car?

The FBI’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report shows that nearly three times more people were stabbed or hacked to death than were killed with shotguns and rifles combined. The number of shotgun and rifle deaths totaled 548. People who were stabbed or hacked to death totaled 1,573. Should there be federal background checks and waiting periods for knife purchases?

Any mature and reasonable person would argue that it is utter nonsense to deal with drunk driving deaths and knife deaths by having federal background checks and waiting periods to obtain a driver’s license or to purchase a car or knife. One would recognize, just as courts and the general public do, that cars and knives are inanimate objects and cannot act on their own. Therefore, if we want to do something about deaths resulting from drunk driving or being stabbed or hacked to death, we must focus on individuals. It would be folly and gross negligence of victims for us to focus on inanimate objects like cars and knives. Guns are also inanimate objects and like cars and knives cannot act on their own. It’s also plain folly to focus on guns in the cases of shooting deaths.

Written By Walter E. Williams

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One Response to “Violence With Guns Pushed By Mass Media?”
  1. Trevo Craw says:

    GUNS ARE NOT THE REAL PROBLEM
    STOP BLAMING METAL AND PLASTIC WITH NO MIND OF ITS OWN:

    Clearly the fact that many, many more people are killed by hand guns in this country than by AR-15s, AK-47s and every other high powered weapon combined proves that AR-15s are not the main problem. Handguns are not either. They are symptoms of the real problem many of you don’t want top address because you contribute to it in some way, shape or form.

    The real problem is the culture and conscience of our society that must change. From cap guns to water guns to BB guns to toy guns in video games to virtual violent gaming system guns, the problem is a culture that accepts guns and is then hypocritical when some unstable people grow up to use them.

    What about the people wrongfully killed by police using guns? Handguns. Those numbers are also much high than people killed in school shootings, nightclub shootings and with assault rifles. I suggest you look at http://www.killedbypolice.net and then look at http://www.policemisconduct.net. Nobody is mentioning that.

    The fact that we have more of our citizens incarcerated than any other civilized country should show you its the culture – not the guns. The fact that we have so many mentally ill people yet states are constantly cutting budgets to help the mentally ill is coming back to bite us. STOP BLAMING THE GUNS – they are simply metal and plastic with no minds of their own.

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