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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SHOULD ALL WEAPONS BE BANNED?

The Sunday Orlando terrorist massacre could well have sparked a re-newed effort to ban assault weapons.  However, there is a larger issue here.  What about a 100% restriction of guns?  Why?


Americans own too many guns (per resident) and relative murder rate:
  • USA           1.13     3.8
  • Serbia          .76     1.3
  • Yemen         .55     4.8
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  • World          .10     6.6
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  • China          .05     0.8
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  • Singapore   .005   0.3

The world rate (per 100,000) is high because the average in the Americas (North, Central, South) is 16.3.  Thus, even though U.S. citizens own ten times more guns/person than the world, the world kills at almost twice our rate.

Most Americans, of course, don't own guns to murder people.  Many have weapons to hunt, feel safer or want to be patriotic.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) just does not have the firepower to eliminate the hunting of animals.  So clearly, an outright ban of guns will just not happen in the USA.  The patriotic part makes no sense, as your weapon, and those of your friends, could not compete with the Federal government, with tanks, nuclear bombs and the like.

But personal security is an important issue, so, what about the death penalty for:
  • any crime using guns?
  • ownership by a convicted criminal or known terrorist?
Islamic terrorists represent a whole different concern, for life sacrifice is only a golden pass to Heaven.  There is no early cure or solution for this kind of belief, but, in time, perhaps, common sense and education can convince most that, really, there is no Heaven, or, if there is one, then killing another human is a sure way to Hell.  Many families don't understand and can't control their own children.  You think there is any hope of government totally preventing another Orlando or Columbine or ???

Two decades ago Samuel Huntington published The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, where he envisioned future conflicts along cultural/religious lines.  Conflicts will continue for a long time to come.  The fact that the U.S. ships arms abroad--$10 billion/year worth, about what Russia, China, France and Germany export together--will only further insure for a world contaminated with weapons.  It is frustrating, indeed, being a peace advocate and sustainable resource voice in the Year 2016.  Maybe it is time to shut down this blog site, for I'm just wasting my time.

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