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Diatribe: Eighty-Five Gun-Related Deaths Each Day.

12/27/2012

SantaWithRifleChristmas Day sounded more like the Fourth of July in my neighborhood this year.  The sound of gunfire in the air indicated that Santa Claus had delivered an extraordinary number of firearms to nearby households the night before and that the gun owners were anxious to put their new weapons to the test.

Statistics from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence made available last month (before the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings) teach us that in 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings … the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour.

Eighty-five gun-related deaths each day.

Eighty-five.

While the senseless killing of groups of school children is certainly a tragedy, so too is the senseless shooting of children and adults in smaller and random numbers.

Eighty-five gun-related deaths each day.  Where is the daily outrage?  Why is a debate about gun control laws, the Second Amendment and military-defense weaponry not a conversation at the forefront of conversations from law offices to breakfast tables?  Are we not appalled when the innocent are killed only one-at-a-time?

I couldn’t help but wonder on Christmas Day, as I brought my horse in from the pasture to the safety of his stall, if any of the new gun owners in the neighborhood had received training on the use of their firearms.  Surely, if they were Christmas gifts there hadn’t been time to take a class and any practice ranges in the region were closed for the holidays.  It would be just my luck to get hit by a stray ricochet.

Do I feel safer knowing that my neighbors are armed?  Absolutely not.  My home is in a rural country setting so, perhaps, I should find contentment in knowing that someone nearby can protect me from danger.  But, try as I might to think otherwise, I see the presence of excessive firearms in the vicinity as the very danger from which I need protection.

Just the day before, on Christmas Eve, Brownells Inc, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories and supplies released a statement apologizing for the delay in fulfilling orders due to a demand surge during which the company sold 3.5 years’ worth of gun magazines in a span of seventy-two hours.

Let’s keep talking about guns.  Let’s continue to have civil discussions about the types and models of weaponry that may or may not be appropriate for civilians to own and operate.  And let’s never forget that our neighbors may be heavily armed.

Something must be done to eliminate eighty-five gun-related deaths each day.

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16 Comments
  1. I’m guessing that if those 85 deaths happened all at the same time in the same place, more of us would be appalled.

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  2. I couldn’t agree with you more, that 85 gun related deaths a day in this country is intolerable, and this murderous madness must be stopped! The ever increasing gun proliferation in general must be stopped, and the proliferation of rapid fire multi-round clip and magazine assault weapons that are designed to kill as many people as possible as fast as possible do NOT belong in the hands of civilians! Just because the National Rifle Association persists in distorting the meaning and original intention of The Second Amendment when it was first written, as an excuse to go gun crazy without any restraints.

    We do need to keep talking about guns, the need for genuinely effective gun control that is strictly and consistently enforced, and most of all, we the people, need to have the determination and resolve to demand that our elected leaders stop kissing the collective ass of the National Rifle Association, because of a combination of fear of political retribution from the NRA and also lust for NRA campaign contributions, which as far as I’m concerned, is BLOOD money!

    If our Congressmen and Senators persist in kissing NRA ass, by refusing to pass common sense gun control laws, and continue to underfund the ATF to the point it can’t effectively enforce existing gun laws, and endanger our lives by not doing the job they were elected to do, we the people can also rise up in a large and growing grassroots movement and vote these cowards and pigs out of office, even faster than the NRA can, by spending it’s blood money to campaign against them. As I’m sure you can tell from this comment, I am an American who is mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!

    I’m also a well trained and experienced gun owner, and an accurate marksman who has won a target shooting competition. But I am NOT someone who is so fanatically obsessed with guns that I’d rather see people die than see gun control legislation passed, and I will never be a member of The National Rifle Association, which as far as I’m concerned, is only one step away from being a criminal organization with the blood of thousands on its hands.

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  3. Keep it up. Great post. Already some in Washington are running for cover, thinking this will die down. Lets hope people continue their level of outrage.

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  4. I agree with all of your comments and find your blog very interesting. With that being said I tend to play the devils advocate and by this I mean to say yes gun laws should be enforced, However when has any criminal or psychopath ever followed the laws? I agree with trying maybe to enforce proper training of gun handling. Sad to say the laws are far from perfect and I highly doubt unless it suits the people in power to change them, will we ever see some relief. The best thing we can do is help promote gun awareness with in our communities and to our children. Change usually starts
    best within the home.

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    • Thanks for your kind words! And the Devil’s Advocate is always welcome to join in.

      I understand your point if view. I firmly believe that the root of the problem is in distinguishing between “guns” and “weapons”.

      Hope you’ll keep reading and joining in on discussions!

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  5. Roly permalink

    Reblogged this on Comedy in Crisis and commented:
    We live in a dangerous world. I fear for my kids and their kids.

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  6. A great post and link thank you, i’m going to do a post on it soon.

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  7. Chubby Chatterbox permalink

    People have a right to own guns, with certain limitations, but people also have a right to not be shot.

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  8. Great post. I am sorry I am late with my comments, but was out of town. I continue to see great comments and letters to the editors from responsible gun owners like Chris Sheridan to this one. As tragic as Sandy Hook, Aurora, etc. are, the greater tragedy occurs daily as you note. We must get to better gun laws along with more civil discourse in our society. Disagreement should not cascade into argument and then a death when a gun is handy. Best regards, BTG

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    • Your comments are always great and never late. I hope that discussions about gun control stay int he news. It’s important to understand the difference between guns and weapons.

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  9. Many thanks. Agreed on keeping it front and center.

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