A couple of dear friends commented on my previous post (Is This Reasonable, August 17th) with concerns about ever achieving peace in a world full of weapons and the experience in the United Kingdom with their handgun ban.
The following is a response I wrote and then thought I would include as a new post.
Historically, the UK has been a very non violent country. Starting in 1954, things began to change for the worse as violent crime began to climb. Fast forward to 1997, the year the complete ban of handguns took effect:
- 1997 to 1999 – Handgun crime rises 40%
- 1997 – 2001 – Violent crime doubles
- 2002 – Probability of being mugged in London is six times that of NYC
- 2002 – 53% of burglaries in UK occur while occupants are home vs. 13% in US (Burglars acknowledge that they are concerned about guns in US homes)
- Around 2.5 million incidences occur each year in the US where handguns are used defensively, preventing crime. This is thought to be a conservative number.
- In only a small percentage of these, around 8%, was a shot fired.
Enough of his numbers, her numbers.
My writing was trying to address the amazingly awful way government deals with gun control. Even the “Assault” weapons ban of the Clinton era was measured by the CDC and FBI to have been completely ineffective if the desired result was less gun crime. Yet, some are clamoring for its reinstatement.
What it seems to come down to is no guns or guns. No guns does not seem to work if we look at the UK example. No guns also, very sadly, calls to mind:
- In 1911 Turkey established gun control. Subsequently, from 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, deprived of the means to defend themselves, were rounded up and killed.
- In 1929 the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, approximately 20 million dissidents were arrested and executed.
- In 1938 Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945 over 13 million Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, mentally ill, union leaders, Catholics and others, unable to fire a shot in protest, were killed by the state.
- In 1935 China established gun control. Between 1948 and 1952, over 20 million dissidents were rounded up and murdered by the Communists.
- In 1956 Cambodia enshrined gun control. In just two years (1975-1977) over one million “educated” people (about 1/3 of the entire population!) were executed.
- In 1964 Guatemala locked in gun control. From 1964 to 1981 over 100,000 Mayan Indians were rounded up and killed, unable to defend themselves.
- In 1970 the Ugandan dictator decreed gun control. During the next nine years over 300,000 Christians were murdered.
- Over 56 million people have died, unable to defend themselves, because of gun control in the last century alone.
I believe the founders, when authoring the Bill of Rights and the second amendment wanted to assure that American Citizens would never suffer the above. Wiggling and twisting of those words by contemporary “legal scholars” is just that, wiggling and twisting.
This little series of my writings was intended to place emphasis on how difficult this issue is and how bad government is at fixing it. My position is very simple and it is what I practice. An intense focus on education and training for skills and safety. Treat those who commit gun crimes appropriately not as I described in Reasonable… Again.
My dear friend Don in his comment above writes of Peace and Love. He and you both know that I live that way but that I do it with a 45 on my hip because of all the above.
If the world were filled with Z’s and Don’s, we would not have ANY of the difficulties that are being experienced on so many fronts each and every day. These are people born of love and living with love in all that they do. God bless you both.