Gun statistics are irrelevant to the 2nd Amendment

640px-Weapons_confiscated_from_the_Kosovo_Liberation_Army_(1999)TAMPA, December 13, 2013 – The Washington Post is at it again. Days before the one year anniversary of the murders at Sandy Hook, the Post is running another piece asking readers “What’s your gun number? Share your gun story.”

Citing statistics is a central plank in the liberal war on private gun ownership. CNN host Piers Morgan began several televised “debates” with gun ownership proponents by asking them if they knew statistics on gun violence or gun-related deaths. It was partly just a ploy to try to catch his opponent without an answer and make him seem uninformed. Sometimes he was successful, sometimes not, but nobody gave him the right answer.

Statistics are irrelevant to the 2nd Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment protects each individual’s right to keep and bear arms. Even the Supreme Court agrees, its abysmal record protecting individual rights notwithstanding. An individual’s right cannot be infringed as a result of what someone else did. It can only be infringed as a result of what that individual did. That’s why we don’t choose people at random for prosecution when a robbery is committed. An investigation is made to determine the specific individual who committed the crime, so he or she can be tried and sentenced.

That’s why we have a 5th Amendment requiring due process. No individual can be punished unless it’s proven that individual committed a crime.

The statistics actually don’t support the gun grabbers anyway. The FBI website’s latest statistics show that violent crime in general continued to plummet from 2008 to 2012, amidst record gun sales. Murders were similarly down over the period, with the FBI reporting 12,765 in 2012. 8,855 were committed with firearms.

The U.S. Census Bureau’s U.S. and World Population clock listed the population of the United States at 317,233,035 at the time of this writing. Assuming that each of the murders committed with a firearm in 2012 was committed by a different person, .00279 percent of the population murdered someone with a firearm that year. In response, gun control advocates want to infringe the rights of the 99.720 percent of the population that did not commit a murder with a firearm.

As absurd as that may seem, it really wouldn’t matter if the numbers were reversed. If 317 million people committed murder with a firearm in 2012, the remaining 8,855 would still retain their right to bear arms. That’s how individual rights work. They’re individual.

Unlike economic freedom or privacy, this is one area where the advancing state seems to be losing. As confused as he might be on individual rights and the role of government, the average 21st century American seems to retain some latent common sense about the right to bear arms. Every time anti-gun propaganda intensifies, gun sales skyrocket.

Let’s hope that trend continues.

Tom Mullen is the author of A Return to Common Sense: Reawakening Liberty in the Inhabitants of America.


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  2. rlbittner

    The enemy is WITHIN… as history surely repeats. It does not require a Braveheart…to know and understand that ruling elites seek power solely for themselves. The locus of power in the United States is the council on foreign relations controlled by self described “internationalists”. The internationalist’s are using the federal tab (running up a incomprehensible debt) to create an international corporate empire. They are using this country as a stepping stone to create international monopolies that will control water, food and fuel. And when local patriots violently object…they will be deemed terrorists and droned.The internationalists, lead by david rockyfucker, dominate our ruling elite… they are per se traitors, who are greedily out for themselves… the recent Wall St. credit default swap/rating company/DemPublicanCFR financial swindle was orchestrated for their benefit. It is no coincidence that John D. Rockefucker IV has speechlessly presided over the evolution of the NSA mechanisms of the totalitarian surveillance state from his perch on the senate intelligence committee. It is time for the wings of the eagle to unite ….the left and the right. …to combat this domestic menace. is essential that we set aside less critical divisions and unite to save our Bill of Rights ( ALLTEN OF THEM!!!) from our own DemPublicanCFR power elite; who have created undemocratic international institutions that now nullify our laws; fostered legal heresies(sp?)/fantasies giving corporations the rights of human beings resulting in the putrification of our political system with corruption of corporate dollars; exported jobs and capital to cheap labor markets; enacted laws that permit military detentions and the suspension of habeas corpus. Meanwhile, The TRULY threatening danger of a perilously warming planet is being ignored while our neolib/neocon fossil fuel overlords plot their next fossil fuel war in the “Stans”..I propose two million person marches 1. along the coast from San Francisco to the bohemian grove in monte rio 2. from New York to the rockyfucker estate.. to let the basterds know we have awakened. These are the people who plotted, executed and covered up the Kennedy assassination, as patriots it is our duty to act now…by all means necessary to restore the Country. ITIS TIME FOR AMERICAN, FIRST.


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