Sowell Says Guns Save Lives.. or Why Have Them
Columnist Thomas Sowell wrote on the misdirected discussion about guns. As usual, Professor Sowell gets to the point in his column Guns Save Lives. Here is enough of the article to tease you.
“We all know that guns can cost lives because the media repeat this message endlessly, as if we could not figure it out for ourselves. But even someone who reads newspapers regularly and watches numerous television newscasts may never learn that guns also save lives– much less see any hard facts comparing how many lives are lost and how many are saved.
“If guns cost more lives than they save, we can always repeal the Second Amendment. But if guns save more lives than they cost, we need to know that, instead of spending time demonizing the National Rifle Association.
“We need to recognize the painful reality that, regardless of what we do or don’t do about gun control laws, there will be innocent people killed by guns. We can then look at hard facts in order to decide how we can minimize the number of needless deaths.
“Surveys of American gun owners have found that 4 to 6 percent reported using a gun in self-defense within the previous five years. That is not a very high percentage but, in a country with 300 million people, that works out to hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns per year.
“Yet we almost never hear about these hundreds of thousands of defensive uses of guns from the media, which will report the killing of a dozen people endlessly around the clock.
“The murder of a dozen innocent people is unquestionably a human tragedy. But that is no excuse for reacting blindly by preventing hundreds of thousands of other people from defending themselves against meeting the same fate.”
Well said, Dr. Sowell. Armed citizens are rare. Violence is rarer still. Experience shows us that making more disarmed victims does not reduce violence. Those facts are obvious. Since the obvious facts are being ignored, our politicians are more interested in politics than results. The media is the politician’s willing accomplice.