Posted by: coastcontact | December 11, 2012

90 Guns for every 100 Citizens

  Re-posted November 5, 2013

Shooting in New Jersey Mall and at LAX

Gunman kills himself after terrorizing New Jersey shopping mall

Three dead, including gunman, in Oregon mall shooting in December 2012.  Killings like this happen so often that few even pay attention.

I have written about this situation before.  The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world.  This has been reported by news agencies repeatedly.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world’s 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

So is it any wonder that when Americans become angry they grab a gun, go to the mall or their church, and start shooting at everyone in sight.  It is a society of frustrated people who want their way in everything.

Argument with your spouse, kill her/him.  Argument with your boss, kill him/her.  You look suspicious as you walk through my neighborhood I will kill you and ask questions later.

Well it’s all about Second amendment rights.  The NRA (National Rifleman’s Association) says, Defend Your 2nd Amendment Rights, Help Protect Hunters’ Rights.  There  is nothing in the Second amendment that says you have the right to bear arms for your protection or to hunt.  It does say, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free   state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The problem is the people of the United States.  They really believe that their freedom hinges on their right to own weapons.  Sales have dramatically increased in the past four years because many believe that the Obama administration has plans to enforce new gun controls.  No laws have been suggested or proposed.  Still, there are those who continue to believe that their weapons will be confiscated.  The gun manufacturers are happy with this situation.

 It is a puzzle to me that a nation of so many wise and smart people believes that owning a gun is a necessity of life.

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  1. Thank goodness, none of my family or friends were at the mall today. The terror from this is vibrating through our city, as this has never happened here before. We watched live coverage for awhile and of course i imediately texted all my kids and friends to make sure they weren’t there or on their way there as its a popular mall for Christmas shopping and is surrounded by nice restaurants. What do we do as citizens to help prevent this. Taking guns away won’t cure the problem, but hopefully somehow we could make assault rifles and Armour wear and those bullets illegal, as that would have prevented the 60 plus shots that were fired off. I am sad today, for our innocence was lost today. I remember when that child in Springfield went to high school and opened fire and that was the first chink in our innocence or arrogance thinking that since we are in the northwest we are safe from the insanity that happens in the rest of the country. I was glad to see you bring this subject up. My heart breaks for the family of those that died and those that are injured. My heart breaks for our city and our state for our loss of feeling safe. I wish there was some easy answer to solve this problem, as the last year has seen so many senseless murders of people whose only fault was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. I haven’t heard what happened to the shooter, only that he was ‘neutralized; Would it be so awful to be like Britain and outlaw all guns? Guns kill and assault rifles and body armor should not be allowed to be sold. Sorry for rambling, but i am still rather upset about this, as it took a little bit to make sure that none of my family or friends were there or the only friend that we knew that worked there were not there at work today, and then of course the rush of being so thankful all you love are safe and at the same time feeling guilty for being so thankful that my family and friends are safe and others didn’t make it. Thank you for your posting. As always you put it all together so well and asked questions i wish had answers. For myself, even after living my childhood on a farm in eastern Oregon, where rifles were the norm. i allow no guns in my house, because yes guns kill and people don’t have guns then they don’t kill with guns Thank you for your posting as i always learn something new and isn’t that what its all about

  2. The right to bear arms was in place in 1781. The only arms were smooth bore, muzzle loaders, and flint-locks. They were quite mis-fired and missed targets. They took about 5 minutes to re-load. I would allow people to have these, and nothing more technical. This gives you a chance to “brain” anyone shooting at you, and give rabbits and deer a fair chance


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