OWNING A GUN SHOULD MAKE YOU SAFER
If only that were true . . .
But statistically, it isn’t. Studies have long since proved that gun fatalities are much higher among families who own guns than among those who don’t.
Some years ago, the Los Angeles Times compared our country to mostly gun-free Great Britain: (Admittedly, a large population difference means this isn’t an oranges-to-oranges comparison.) But still: The same year that guns killed 350 British citizens, Americans lost 30,000+ people to gunshots. Not all were homicides. But all were caused by bullets.
For the deadliest of reasons—ignorance, greed, and a quest for power—blame lies partly with the National Rifle Association. Medical statisticians, among others, agree that their propaganda is built on lies.
So why is America laser-focused on terrorism? How likely are we to die at the hands of a foreign terrorist?
Irvine resident, Victoria Reiser, offers statistics by Business Insider:
“The lifetime odds of being killed in an assault using a gun are 1 in 358; in an attack by a foreign-born terrorist, 1 in 45,808; in an attack by a refugee terrorist, 1 in 46,192,893; and in an attack by an illegal immigrant terrorist, 1 in 138,324,873.”
Thanks to the inherent meanness in Trump, ICE daily terrorizes and exports people who haven’t yet, and never will harm us. At the same time, he “buddies-up” to the biggest source of incipient danger—the NRA. And finally, he spews American vitriol among Islamic countries who once meant us no evil . . . as though he wants to stir up hatred and a new willingness to “get even.”
Which brings me to an inevitable conclusion: The political party that caters to--and whose members’ candidacies are supported by--the NRA, is the party we should hold responsible for America’s lamentable record of death by guns.