Monday, June 20, 2016

Where Are All the Good Guys With Guns?

A lot of gun owners see themselves this way.
The Violence Policy Center accumulated some stats from 2012--the last year for which they are available, but little has changed since then--that tell us there were a meager 259 justifiable gun-related killings (homicides, it calls them) ruled as self-defense.

That year, there were  1.2 million violent crimes, "defined as murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault."  According to my handy-dandy calculator, that's .0025 percent or two and a half self-defense killings per 10,000 incidents where people are killed by guns.

That same year, there were "8,342 criminal homicides using guns, 20,666 suicides with guns, and 548 fatal unintentional [accidental] shootings," according to the story in the L.A. Times (here) a year ago. Half of all suicides are committed with guns (70 percent among men). I repeat this information because it is jaw-dropping and should not be forgotten.

I think most of us on the anti-gun side know that use of guns for bad far, far outweighs employing guns for what some would call good (shooting criminals), but a ratio of 38-1 is absurd. "Good guys with guns" aren't quite on every corner every day even though there are 300 million guns in the U.S. (owned by a third of our citizens).

As the article concludes, it is time to concentrate on the part of the 2nd Amendment that talks about a "well-regulated" group of gun owners, since we have almost none and gun killings have been completely out of hand for some time.


1 comment:

  1. Here they are: