Sure. I believe in gun control. Background checks. No automatic weapons. But does gun control do any good? Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the nation. And yet it has the worst gun carnage. Why? Part is gangs. Part is poverty which some of our politicians enable. Part is the sick glorification of violence in our society (see my post of 1/3/13). And then there is the erosion of character, religion and destruction of values which is being forced on society by those who call themselves “progressives.” So guns become the focus. But how about some perspective on the issue?
In 2013, there were 11,208 gun-related homicides. It’s terrible. Outrageous. Yet thanks to the ban on DDT in 1972 (DDT has been shown to have no negative effect on humans or the environment), nearly a million people in Africa die each year. Does anyone care about them? America has nearly 40,000 drug deaths each year. Substance abuse adversely affects 1 in 3 households(!). Yet our President says “ignore drug laws.” Who cares? In 2013, there were 480,000 smoking-related deaths. Of those roughly 41,000 were due to second hand smoke. That means spouses, children and co-workers were victims of the smokers. But tobacco is taxed. And it’s a matter of “choice.” So it must be okay. Except for the 41,000 victims of second hand smoke who didn’t have a choice. Perspective is tough to ignore. Depending on your politics. . . . .