Ardent supporters of the Second Amendment like to say that the main reason they—constitutionally—have a right to bear arms is to “protect themselves” and/or in the event of a “government takeover.” Which is all fine and dandy, I suppose. The issue is that, in these United States, we had over 12,000 gun-related homicides in 2008 alone. Compare that to a mere 11 in Japan (do you think they have video games in Japan?), and we’re number one yet again, baby.
Anyway, unless I’m unaware of some major government takeover, these gun-related deaths must be the result of “self defense,” right?
Let’s look at a few examples of what Americans are killing each other over:
- Trouble with Twitter in Tyler, TX: “An argument over who tweeted whom turned deadly after a man fired multiple shots in the parking lot of the Broadway Square Mall in Tyler.” [Source]
- A contract dispute in Phoenix, AZ: “One person was killed and five more were injured in a Wednesday shooting at a Phoenix office complex at 16th Street and Orangewood Avenue… […] The company had hired [the shooter] to refurbish office cubicles at two call centers in California, but a contract dispute arose.” [Source]
- Dog feces in Dallas, TX: “An ongoing argument between neighbors about a couple dumping dog feces on their elderly neighbor’s patio came to a head Monday morning when the neighbor shot and killed them, police say.” [Source]
- Grooming in Sweet Home, OR: “Barry Boydston was charged for attempted murder in December after he went to the Bubbles and Barks dog grooming business on Dec. 21. He was dropped at the location by his brother, Damon Boydston, who was arrested by Lebanon police for driving under the influence and felon in possession of a firearm. Barry Boydston allegedly entered the business and brandished a sawed-off shotgun at owner Cindy Blondin and her friend, Rebekah Katelnikoff, who was helping out there.” [Source]
- The wrong driveway in GA: “The guy came outside and my brother’s girlfriend said he was screaming, ‘Get off my property!’ and he shot into the air. My brother was backing out fast because he was scared and he rolled down the window to say he was sorry and he was not doing anything wrong. Then the guy shot him in his head.” [Source]
Unfortunately, these five examples aren’t the exception. They’re the norm. Mass murders at movie theaters and elementary schools take over the news cycle when they happen (as they should) but, often, lives are lost simply because one of the “good guys” with a gun was having a bad day and ended up playing the part of the “bad guy”—or because the “good guy” with the gun had good intentions, but poor aim.
This isn’t a scare tactic. It’s reality in America, where the right to bear arms is as much of a religion as Christianity.
Further reading: “Since 9/11, Kurzman and his team tallies, 33 Americans have died as a result of terrorism launched by their Muslim neighbors. During that period, 180,000 Americans were murdered for reasons unrelated to terrorism.” —’Report: U.S. Muslim Terrorism Was Practically Nil in 2012‘, on Wired