Monday, July 18, 2016

Democrat "Gunphobia"


Dear Friends,

I wrote this for my other site but I was asked to post this here as well, so here it is. I'm sharing this data with you because it's important to know what's really going on with gun ownership as it relates to the overall homicide rate in the United States today.

Granted, FBI statistics are at least two years behind what's taking place today. But though that's the case, and even with what has been taking place with Black on Black crime and gang warfare in Chicago and other cities, as unbelievable as it sounds, the good news is that the FBI reported that the U.S. homicide rate in 2014, the most recent year available, was only 4.5 people per 100,000 .
That means that the 2014 total follows a long downward trend and is the lowest homicide rate recorded since 1963 when the rate was 4.6 per 100,000. To find a lower homicide rate, we must travel back to 1957 when the total homicide rate hit 4.0 per 100,000.

Homicide rates were considerably higher in the United States during the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, but over the past 25 years since more states have approved citizen carry laws, rates have fallen nearly continuously:


Americans Are Unaware That Homicide Rates Have Fallen

As Pew has reported in recent years, in fact, the American public is "unaware" that the homicide rate in the United States has fallen by 49 percent over the past twenty years. And while Pew doesn't report on it, it's also a safe bet that the public is also unaware that homicide rates have collapsed as total gun ownership in the United States has increased significantly.

So can this drop in the homicide rate be contributed to ownership? Yes.

Over the last 20 years, the number of new guns in the United States that were either manufactured in the U.S. or imported into the U.S. increased 141 percent from 6.6 million new guns in 1994 to 16 million in 2013. Friends, that means a gross total of 132 million new guns were added into the U.S. population over the time period when the homicide rate was falling.
So does more gun ownership mean less crime? Yes!

As we can see, an armed public means a safer public! The ability to defend one's self and family deters crime. The data indicates that to be true.

So now, how can we get Democrats to understand the data and appreciate the findings when it goes against what they think they know about guns? Remember, they see guns on an emotional level as a "Gunphobia." They don't see guns as a tool or a simply a mechanical object. They see guns as living breathing things which function on their own without the need of a person.

To Democrats, the bad guy who uses a gun in a criminal act is not responsible for what he or she did do. No, to them, the fault belongs to the gun. And no, there is no convincing anti-gun Democrats that guns are nothing more than mechanical objects unable to function on their own.

So how can we get Democrats to understand the data and appreciate the findings when it goes against what they think they know about guns?

We can't so forget it trying! Seriously, forget about trying to enlighten Democrats about anything -- espeically about guns! Their views on guns are deep seated and irrational. So forget about trying to change their minds!

With president Obama telling crowd after crowd that "guns are the problem" and that it's easier to buy a gun than it is to buy a computer, or a toaster, or a microwave oven, or a roll of toilet paper, or whatever else Obama comes up with next week, his followers believe him no matter what he says! And no, they do not question his exaggerations or his out and out lies.

So frankly, I say don't try to educate Democrats. Don't because they just won't accept it. They will not accept anything shown to them by Conservatives. That's just the way it is.

So my advice, don't try to educate them and instead concentrate on buying guns for yourself and your family members. Buy ammo before it can't be found. Buy what you need to be safe in case of an intruder.

Teach your family gun safety and to respect firearms. And yes, give your family a sense of well-being and security by teaching them how to use a firearm and what it takes to safe. Teach them that doing the right thing means protecting those you love.

Teach your family that guns can be used to shoot for fun as well as used as a tool for hunting to put meat on your table. Teach them that a gun in the hands of a law abiding citizen is not a threat to no one except those who want to harm you or your family. Teach them that guns save lives.

Remember, a homicide is justifiable when we use deadly force to protect ourselves and our family from mortal danger.

As a last thought on this, I've always found it ironic, and very hypocritical, that Democrats only learn the importance of guns when it's they and their families who needs protecting. And frankly, shame on them for not thinking that they and their families are more important than us and ours. But then, that's the way Democrats are!

And yes, that's just the way I see it.
Tom Correa

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