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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Never-ending Fools with Guns = Never-ending American Gun Tragedies


Never-ending Fools with Guns = Never-ending American Gun Tragedies 
by Brian Thomas Armstrong


“In a study of 23 high-income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns 
lived in the United States. 
       The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens and young adults
in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7%  higher than in the other high-income countries combined.” (http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/)

Last year in the beginning of 2013, a 3 year old boy in South Carolina got a hold of a small pink hand-gun that looked like a toy, and then accidentally and fatally shot himself in the head. The boy’s seven year old sister was also in the room with the child, luckily avoiding being shot herself while her and her brother played with the small hand gun in a bedroom unattended. The children’s grandparents where both in another room when the boy shot himself; his parents were not home. 

This year after several more well publicized mass-shootings and heated political debates on the subject of gun control, and mostly stalemate over the right to bare arms, there has not been much national progress in reducing or solving gun violence, let alone addressing public carelessness when it comes to active gun control and gun ownership.


The latest shooting range accident involving a nine year old girl at the Burgers and Bullets Range in White Hills, Arizona, highlights the reckless stupidity factor of gun nuts, when the young girl fatally shot her shooting range instructor in the head with an Uzi sub-machine-gun while being taught to fire the weapon on - FULL AUTO!


The tragedy at Burgers and Bullets was not a first national travesty of stupidity involving a young child at a firing range being given Uzi sub-machine-gun lessons. In 2008, an 8-year-old Christopher Bizilj also tragically and accidentally killed himself while shooting an Uzi at a Massachusetts gun show

A 2013 USA Today article stated that according to the New England Journal of Medicine – “Nationally, guns still kill twice as many children and young people than cancer, five times as many than heart disease, and 15 times more than infection.” That statistic is a national embarrassment to a modern American society that arrogantly prides itself at being worldly perceived as - the Greatest Nation on Earth. Our actions unfortunately tend to speak louder than our self-indulgent words when it comes to overseas perceptions of our true societal and governmental intellectual greatness.
Fools with guns cause just as much pain and tragedy as being mentally ill with a handgun. Universal background checks help, but certainly they are not a cure for a lack of common sense, sanity, or human decency in the firearm owner. What we need are good reasons for someone to have a hand gun permit in order to get a hand gun, funded safety courses that do not involve machine gun lessons, and of course thorough background checks - Then society as a whole can truly say that we are all using common sense, rationality, and human decency ourselves when it comes to real gun control and public safety in America - For All Americans.

Gun Violence & Children - http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/
Ø  2694 children and teens died from guns in 2010. That’s a roughly equivalent to a Newtown
massacre every three days.
Ø  Between 1979 and 2010, more children and teens died from guns
(119,079) than U.S. soldiers in the wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Ø  In a study of 23 high-income nations, 87 percent of children under age 15 killed by guns lived in
the United States. The same study found that the gun homicide rate for teens and young adults
in the U.S. ages 15-24 was 42.7 higher than in the other high-income countries combined.
Ø  More than half of youth who commit suicide with a gun do so with one obtained from their
home—and more often than not, the gun belonged to a parent.
Ø  In 2009, more 15-19 year-olds died from gun violence than any other cause except motor
vehicles.

Ø  In 2010, 82 U.S. children under the age of five died from guns.