“In the month since 20 precious children and six brave adults were violently taken from us at Sandy Hook Elementary, more than 900 of our fellow Americans have reportedly died at the end of a gun—900 in the past month.” ~ Obama
The impression that the president creates here is surely that these people would not have died if guns hadn’t existed. Yet, in 2010, the most recent year that we have data for, shows 62.4 percent of gun deaths involve suicides. That would amount to 562 of 900 deaths. Surely a tragedy, but most research suggests that even if guns ceased to exist people would just commit suicide in other ways.
Guns do make it easier to kill people. But what Obama fails to ever acknowledge is that guns also make it easier for people to defend themselves and prevent bad things from happening. Looking at gun deaths without talking about the lives that were saved is not a very useful comparison. We can debate how large that number is, but Obama’s assumption that it is zero is obviously not correct.
“The law already requires licensed gun dealers to run background checks, and over the last 14 years that’s kept 1.5 million of the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun.” ~ Obama
This is simply not true. There have been 1.5 million initial denials from background checks, but virtually all these denials were “false positives.” That is, innocent law-abiding citizens were prevented from buying guns for anything from a few days to months because their name was similar to someone who was actually on the prohibited list. In 2010, there were 76,142 initial denials, but even after just the preliminary review by the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, and Firearms there were only 4,732 cases left. Further review by the bureau’s field offices and the Department of Justice left only 62 cases to be referred to prosecutors, and only 13 were strong enough to produce a conviction.
President Obama likes to set up straw men to argue against. Yet, if he really could make a strong case for his position, he wouldn’t have to demonize opponents and constantly exaggerate or misstate facts.
Guns themselves do not kill people – it is the person holding the gun that kills people. Guns are incapable of shooting, someone has to pick up the gun & pull the trigger. What are you going to do about the DNR and others bringing in wolves, mountain lions (cougars/Luna’s) into states for “deer control”? Then people are only being allowed to shoot one deer. Many more deer are killed in car crash road kills. The wolves, mountain lions, coyotes need to be killed. They are killing the livestock of ranchers and small farmers. Here in Southeast Texas, they turned loose 500 rattlesnakes in a national forest near my home for “rat control”. How many lives of innocent children will that cause? Now we have to watch small children playing outside because of those repopulated snakes. Without some rifles & other guns, people have no way to protect themselves not only from wild animals, but from home invaders. What would you do Mr. President if someone threatened your wife & daughters?