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The Second Amendment Under Attack, Freedom vs. Safety

For well over a century now the safety/legality of firearms and Americans rights to own them have been increasingly debated upon. So let’s take a deeper look at this issue of freedom versus safety of a society. As George Santayana said in 1905,“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” So let’s take a look there first for some background information and to see what’s worked or hasn’t worked when it comes to the issue. 

Now back in 1976,  Washington D.C. implemented a new law that banned citizens from owning guns, as only police officers were allowed to carry firearms within city limits. Those who already owned guns were allowed to keep them only if they were disassembled or trigger-locked. Trigger locks could only be removed if the owner received permission from the D.C. police, which was uncommon to say the least. How did this affect crime and gun violence within D.C? Well, the number of annual homicides was 10 murders shy of doubling after a 12 year period. It rose from a modest 188 in 1976 to 364 in 1988, and then it increased even further to 454 in 1993.  In 2017 there was 113 homocides in D.C, less than a quarter of the amount in 1993. So what changed in that 24 year span? Well, for one the amount of gang activity had decreased steadily over that span which is still a problem today albeit a smaller one. The stance on guns within the city changed as well when the ban was lifted after a Supreme Court decision, and ownership dramatically increased of course. Essentially, having dramatically more law abiding citizens with firearms(not gang members) positively affected the city when it comes to gun violence and the likelihood of being an average citizen and getting murdered.

Also during this span-

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control gun ownership in the U.S increased by 56 percent, and gun violence declined by almost 50 percent between 1993 and 2003.
  • Between 2007 and 2015 in the U.S,  murder rates dropped 16 percent and violent crime rates dropped 18 percent, even though the percentage of adults with concealed carry permits rose by 190 percent.

Criminologist John Lott found that, as a whole, concealed carry permit holders are some of the most law-abiding people in the United States. The rate of which they commit crimes generally and firearm crimes specifically is between one-sixth and one-tenth of that recorded for police officers, who are themselves committing crimes at a fraction of the rate of the general population.

But What About Mass Shootings?

Mass shootings and cases of mass murder are much rarer in the U.S than in other less gun friendly countries. The data we have on them though shows that The vast majority of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones. The Crime Research Prevention Center determined that since 1950, nearly 99 percent of mass public shootings have occurred in gun-free zones. There are around 800,000 police officers in the U.S, but over 325 million citizens and possible victims. That’s approximately 406 people for each officer to protect, yet our crime rates have generally decreased with a large increase in gun ownership. The reason being that people with guns can protect themselves, deter crime, and protect communities and businesses alike. They’re also less likely to be a victim or a bystander needing police assistance that isn’t likely to come in time statistically.

Don’t Guns Kill People?

Many major Anti-Gun activists tote that guns are responsible for a large number of deaths in the U.S. But if we’re looking at the safety of a society vs freedom of a society and the individuals therein, we cannot ignore a few important facts. 

  • From the Pew Research Center: almost two-thirds of America’s annual gun deaths are suicides. Since 1981, when the Centers for Disease Control began publishing data, gun suicides have outnumbered gun homicides.
  • A person is more likely to be bludgeoned to death with a blunt object or beaten to death with hands and feet than to be murdered with a rifle.
  • According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, over 50 percent of murders occur in 2 percent of the nation’s 3,142 counties. That’s less than 62 counties accounting for over half the murders in the U.S.

I’d like to thank the Daily Signal and the Daily Wire for making this information easier to find. They are both two leading Conservative news  outlets with great integrity and some very talented writers who write great articles. 

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Hiding Our History

  • All too common a site to see in the news these days is a confederate statue or monument being tore down or moved out of public view. Here’s a recent one for example. Protesters, like the ones mentioned in the article, claim that these statues are “Hateful Symbols of Racism”. Are these sculpted stone and metal statues symbols of racism and hate? Let’s analyze some facts here and take a closer look at the both the Union and Confederacy.
    1. The war wasn’t fought over slavery.

    Something that’s very rarely touched upon by major “news outlets” and think tanks is the Corwin Amendment that was added to the constitution by the U.S Congress two days before Lincoln’s inauguration (consisting of only Northern states by the way). Many cite that Lincoln was an abolitionist supporter, yet Lincoln endorsed the amendment in his inaugural address, saying “I have no objection to its being made express and irrevocable.” This amendment made it unconstitutional for slavery to be abolished. Why wouldn’t the Confederacy have simply accepted this legal guarantee of slave labor being constitutionally protected and not seceded? The answer is simple, slavery wasn’t a reason to fight a costly war, for them and the Union.

    2. What the world revolves around.

    Unpopular taxes aren’t very good for government participation and this was a prime example of that. The actual issue was economic as Professor Thomas DiLorenzo, Charles Beard and other historians have documented. The Union offered to preserve slavery permanently, but the Union also didn’t offer to give up the high tariffs and economic policies that the South saw as unfair. Claiming the noble cause of freeing the slaves was an all too easy moral coverup for president Lincoln and the Union’s greed and aggression toward the south and it’s citizens. America had been built by slavery and the profound profits of dirt cheap labor that came with it. It wasn’t any secret how valuable slave labor was to the nation. So it wasn’t in the best interest of the wealthy people in power within the Union to give it up, seeing as they would hardly benefit from it.

    3. A Symbol of Racism, huh?

    Let’s be honest here, the first slaves taken to the Americas on a boat were in the early 1500s by Europeans, and the practice had been going on for well over 300 years prior to the war. The flag flying over countless slave rigs coming to these shores wasn’t a Confederate one either, it’s the one that waves at every court house in the land of the free.

    Yet a large amount of Americans today feel the Confederate flag is some sort of shrine to racism and slavery. Meanwhile they ignore the truth, that just about every country on the face of the earth has owned slaves at some point. Some for hundreds of years and some for a shorter time but they all have an ugly past with some mistakes that shouldn’t be repeated, a lot like people. So we cannot afford to allow the next generations to forget the terrible bloodshed and let it be repeated again. Erasing the history or hiding it won’t make this country a better place. That’s what the Nazi party of Hitler did, that’s what many communist countries have done. Toppling statues, burning books, and spreading propaganda. Think on these things-

    The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.“- George Orwell

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.“-George Santayana

    History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.“-Karl Marx

    Oh and best of all this “Abolitionist” who is printed on our 5 dollar bills.

    “I have no purpose to introduce political and social equality between the white and black races . . . . I, as well as Judge Douglas, am in favor of the race to which I belong, having the superior position. I have never said anything to the contrary” -Abraham Lincoln