If I approach it scientifically, terrorist killings of citizens are statistically insignificant.
So if you ban a gun, you are ceding the point of terrorism (fear/intimidation). Stay with me though since terrorism isn't really a problem.
12,942 died to gun violence (self or other) in 2015 (according to one research group).
Of that, according to one source only 475 were due to "mass shootings" which they defined as 4 or more people shot in the incident.
There were 468 homicides in Chicago in 2015.
Most gun crimes are committed with hand guns. Rifles are a sliver minority of gun crimes.
Let's zoom out really quickly to take a picture.
Around 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. (CDC). So about 1 in 4 deaths is due to heart disease.
There is almost a 2 in 4 chance you will die to heart disease or cancer.
CDC stats for 2015:
Number of deaths for leading causes of death
Heart disease: 614,348
• Cancer: 591,699
• Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 147,101
• Accidents (unintentional injuries): 136,053
• Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 133,103
• Alzheimer's disease: 93,541
• Diabetes: 76,488
• Influenza and pneumonia: 55,227
• Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 48,146
• Intentional self-harm (suicide): 42,773
So the very last item in the list is suicide. 43k (rounded).
60 percent of gun deaths are suicides.
So 5176~ is people were killed by guns (and not by themselves.).
5175/475. Shooting and mass shooting deaths for 2015.
People with Heart Disease or Cancer earned their deaths. It's their own fault for eating hamburgers and smoking cigarettes. Had it coming right? Is is a Just World (Fallacy) after all. The idea that some stranger might randomly kill your kid while they are at school makes you shit your pants though. You want funding. You want CDC studies. You want hastily passed legislation. You are scared and too ashamed to admit it. You mask it with indignation. You want a higher power to appear to be protecting you.
Nobody really needs lawn darts. You give some 10 year old boys these things, no telling what will get punctured. Punctured roofs and heads due to lawn darts were a statically insignificant source of death/harm/damage. However, it was a pointless way to be harmed physically or monetarily.
So acknowledging how insignificant semi-automatic rifles in the grand scheme of things are isn't an excuse to do nothing at all. However, I find the outrage machine to be symptomatic of everything awful about people. I have no love for the NRA. However, they are portrayed as diabolical evil people because your current moral panic isn't their concern.
Concern is in the eye of the beholder. Just because I am worried about being eaten by a shark or killed by a wild AR-15, doesn't mean I am an evil commie hyprocrit for not being concerned about alcohol, vehicles, or dunkin donuts.
It's a huge shitfest and we have it every time. The only thing we can all agree on is, we wish there wasn't an every time.
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