The current controversy over gun ownership in America along with the need for better safety and security for American children has gone ballistic! Many Americans want to ban certain guns or allow more gun regulations to try to make it much more difficult for “the bad guys” to kill innocent children. Is that a wise response?
While I am quick to share the deep concerns and grief many have poignantly expressed, I’m not quick to blame guns for those tragic deaths. It reminds me of Adam in the book of Genesis, blaming Eve after he disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden. Unfortunately, some Americans have been far too quick to demand their rights and blame others for their mistakes and all to slow to embrace their responsibilities. Why? I believe that it’s because Americans have been continually playing the blame game. When our children don’t learn, we blame the school. When our children get killed in our schools, we blame the guns and our schools; but what about the parents? What about their responsibilities? Too many parents are so preoccupied with their careers and selfish interests, they’re not aware of the pending dangers for their children at their schools or anywhere else for that matter. If parents don’t like a school, do something about it! There are many options. In many states, parents can send their children to charter schools, private schools or home school them.
If Americans continue to blame someone else and assert their rights over their responsibilities, they will eventually destroy America! There must be a balance of rights and responsibilities for the people of any society, especially a free society, to continue to grow and prosper. If “the problem” is always ‘out there somewhere’, Americans will never learn from their mistakes.
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get their power from people that demand their rights, but are not willing to accept their responsibilities; therefore, the government, they believe, owes them a job without assuming little to any responsibilities on their part. But our forefathers were wiser than that! Perhaps that is why Benjamin Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” And Proverbs 27:12 says, “A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.”
Several reports on gun ownership around the world have clearly refuted the assertion that the abundance of guns in the United States leads to a high rate of firearm homicides.
Americans are the biggest gun owners by far, with an estimated 270 million civilian firearms, in addition to those used by law enforcement and the military. That’s according to the Small Arms Survey of 178 nations conducted by the Switzerland-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
In sheer numbers of civilian firearms, the No. 2 nation, surprisingly, is India with 46 million, followed by China (40 million), Germany (25 million), Pakistan (18 million), and Mexico (15 million).
The United States also leads in gun ownership rate, with about 88 firearms per 100 people, according to the most recent Small Arms Survey compiled in 2007.
That is far ahead of No. 2 Yemen, which has 55 firearms per 100 people. Switzerland is third with 46 per 100 people, followed by Finland (45), Serbia (38), Cyprus (36), Saudi Arabia (35), and Iraq (34).
But when it comes to the firearm homicide rate, the United States doesn’t even make the top 25.
According to figures collected by the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime through its annual crime survey, 9,146 Americans were victims of a firearm homicide in the most recent year. That translates to a rate of 2.97 firearm homicides per 100,000 people - only the 27th highest rate in the world.
The highest rate by far can be found in Honduras, 68 homicides per 100,000, followed by El Salvador (40), Jamaica (39), Venezuela (38.9), Guatemala (34), and Colombia (27).
For America’s neighbors, the rate in Mexico is 9.9 per 100,000, and in Canada, 0.5 per 100,000.
It is interesting to note that not only does the United States have a relatively low homicide rate compared to its gun ownership rate, but Switzerland, which ranks third in the civilian gun ownership rate, has only the 46th highest homicide rate, and Finland, with the fourth highest ownership rate, is 63rd on the list.
“The most obnoxious liberal talking points on guns involve the idea that guns, in and of themselves, cause gun violence,” writes CNS News commentator Stephen Gutowski. “In other words, more guns must mean more gun violence.” Is that so?
In light of the ownership and homicide figures, he observes:
“More guns do not, in fact, mean more gun violence. Guns can be, and commonly are, used in a responsible manner, especially here in the United States.”
According to the US Government census data, there were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -- one death every 13 minutes. (Re: http://www.caraccidents.com/pages/stats.html) So do we get rid of all cars too?
Perhaps that is why John Adams said,
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.”