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Maybe I’ll Take the Blame for Mass-Murder, but I Also Want the Credit for Lives Saved

May 25, 2022

I saw this on social media and in the news after a crazy man attacked an elementary school in Texas. The claim was that honest gun owners are responsible for murdering schoolchildren in Texas because we wouldn’t give up our guns. That got me thinking. Maybe I’ll take the blame for mass murder but then I also want credit for the many lives that ordinary gun owners save every day. Let’s sort through this argument of claims and counterclaims.

Active shooters killed 103 people last year. The FBI said there were 12 incidents last year that met the narrower definition of a mass shooting.

Gun-prohibitionists say that we would vastly reduce crime and mass murder if we outlawed guns. They ignore that we’ve seen mass murder where guns were completely outlawed. For example, Chinese murderers attacked people at a train station with knives. Mass murderers used guns to attack us in the US even where ordinary citizens were disarmed. The gun-prohibitionists ignore that criminals use guns even where guns are outlawed in the entire country like in Mexico and in France. We’ve seen dozens of protesters who were murdered by Mexican politicians who were working with the drug gangs.

For a moment we’ll ignore all that and let the gun-prohibitionists’ claim stand without examination. Let’s pretend you could stop armed violence with more ink on paper.

What the gun-prohibitionists want to hide from us is that our guns save thousands of lives every day. Ordinary citizens like us use a firearm for defense over a million times a year. Think about what that says. For us to legally use a firearm in self-defense means that we faced an immediate and unavoidable threat of death or great bodily injury. That means a lot of those armed victims are going to be hurt if they were disarmed. You deserve credit for the thousands of lives you save every day. You save ten times more lives every day than mass murderers take in a year.

The counter claim is that criminals would be disarmed too if honest citizens were disarmed. I doubt that. If criminals obeyed the law then they wouldn’t be criminals. If prohibition worked then we wouldn’t have drugs in every high school. You’ll have to show me where criminals turned in their guns and violent crime dropped because of gun-control laws. I’ve looked and I can’t find it.

We already know that 85 percent of violent crime doesn’t involve the criminal having a gun. How will innocent victims stop violent criminals once the victims are disarmed? Is grandma supposed to go hand-to-hand with violent thugs who break down her door? Gun-prohibitionists say we should call the police. The gun-prohibitionists ignore that we are only able to call the police once the crime is over and the damage is done.

What the gun-prohibitionists also want to hide is that guns stop mass murder. We’ve seen that happen in restaurants, parks, malls, churches, and in schools. If we’re going to blame honest gun owners for the actions of criminals then we also have to give gun owners credit for the lives they save. While we’re handing out credit and blame, does this mean that federal, state, and local governments owe armed citizens and gun manufacturers a reward because ordinary gun owners save so many lives and saved society so much money by reducing violence?

I also want credit for another benefit of civilian firearm ownership. Guns in civilian hands help politicians to respect human rights and to obey the rule of law.

We’ve heard US politicians talk about arresting people who wouldn’t wear a mask. Politicians talked about arresting business owners who wouldn’t close their shops. We’ve seen that happen in China, but we still have the rule of law in the United States, at least for now. Neither side wants to say this out loud, but politicians follow the law rather than use armed force because armed citizens can push back. I like that we use words and argument rather than clubs and guns. I like that, and I want gun owners in the US to get credit for all of it.

With that settled, now the gun-prohibitionists can tell me how criminals will obey their next gun control law after the thugs ignored the 23-thousand firearms regulations we already have.

I love good story.

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Sources

2021 National Firearms Survey- “https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3887145Weapons in violent crime

2022 FBI report on mass murder- “https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-incidents-in-the-us-2021-052422.pdf/view

Review and expansion of FBI data on mass murder, 2018- “https://www.concealedcarry.com/news/armed-citizens-are-successful-95-of-the-time-at-active-shooter-events-fbi/

FBI says armed citizens stop or reduce mass murder- “https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/11/fbi-data-shows-armed-citizens-have-94-success-rate-stopping-would-be-mass-shooters/

2019 FBI homicide statistics, weapons, firearms- “https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2019/crime-in-the-u.s.-2019/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8.xls

8 Comments leave one →
  1. May 25, 2022 4:36 pm

    Ok.. so I say again, with all the firearms in civilian hands in America being the most of any country in the world, should we not be the safest place on Earth to live?

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    • KUETSA permalink
      May 26, 2022 12:27 am

      In a dangerous world, I feel blessed to live in a country where I can live my life providing my own armed security. I do not have a Secret Service security detail like our elite politicians, I can not afford a 17 man security team like Michael Bloomberg, but in a world where vulnerable people have horrendous things happen to them every day, here, I am empowered with the right to provide my own armed security. And it is a dangerous world, we are not in a dangerous country in the middle of a wonderful safe world.
      Disarming citizens does not protect children in school. It creates vulnerable citizens, it makes us vulnerable like schoolchildren. A totalitarians dream.
      If you want to protect schoolchildren, go along the lines of the security plan put in place around the US Capital recently. They know how to “protect”. No part of their plan involved a “GUN FREE ZONE” sign. Most mass shootings happen in “GUN FREE ZONES”.
      In a dangerous world, the USA is one of the safest countries to live.
      We have inner city problems that have small areas skewing the statistics for the whole country.

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      • May 26, 2022 12:46 am

        I am not a proponent of “disarming” anyone. In fact, I shudder a bit at the idea that gun ownership includes the idea of “arming” rather than a hobby or recreational use of firearms. But that’s just my bias. Because the guy next to me buys a gun to “arm” himself I also have to consider that as a possible threat and then buy a gun to arm myself. Fear spreads.

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      • May 26, 2022 6:05 am

        Why would automatically think the other guy who is armed is now a threat ? Both of you have taken a defensive position not a instigating one.

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      • May 26, 2022 6:20 am

        Because I understand human nature, especially if I know nothing about my newly armed neighbor nor his reasoning for buying a gun in the first place. It doesn’t take a wild imagination to presume the line between defensive and offensive is the degree of the emotion in the moment.

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