In Chicago a Police Commander who was attending a meeting responded to a radio call, was ambushed in a stairway and shot to death by a man with a long criminal record.
In Florida, seventeen are dead, killed by a lone shooter, a nineteen year-old with a reportedly disturbing social media profile. It is being reported as a premeditated attack.
Another day another two shootings! And so it goes. This has become life in America. On one level, in some ways, we get used to it, become numbed to the feelings so that we can move on with a “there but for the grace of God.” But on another level we never get used to it. We find it incomprehensible and we look on in anguish. We wonder how those who’ve just lost loved ones go on. We thank God it wasn’t us personally. We look for answers, for whys, for some insight into what’s going on in this country. We look for some understanding of what we’ve become as a people.
Maybe you know about guns, not necessarily about handling them or shooting them as much as about the information regarding them. Maybe you don’t. One thing is sure, if whatever you do know is from anti-gun talking points posted on social media would-be news, then maybe you don’t have a real sense about the gun situation in America. So just a couple of simple facts.
- All guns start out as legal guns.
- Legal gun owners commit less than a fifth of all gun crimes.
- More than 80 percent of gun crimes are gang related and perpetrated by illegal gun possessors with illegal guns.
- 30 percent of guns that end up at crime scenes are stolen guns.
- While the number of guns in America can be counted, the number of illegal guns cannot.
- The overwhelming number of gun dealers are law abiding and relatively few of them have guns they’ve sold traced back to them as used in a crime.
- More than 70 percent of Americans favor the ownership of guns.
As I write this and go through my own feelings, like what might be going through my grandson’s mind—he attends high school in Florida—and what’s it going to be like in several years when my youngest child attends high school, I can feel from the reporting I am hearing that we are headed back into the ridiculousness of the old arguments about gun control. I fear that like with the whole Russia collusion story the big picture of what is really going on in America will be obfuscated by the selfish political interests of the power-hungry American Politburo who now lead us into what appears to be our decimation.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Resorting to the gun control debate is that insanity. The facts belie the story being propagated. That’s how it is with the gun control issue and many other narratives we are being force-fed by power-hungry politicians and biased media outlets.
It is important to understand that we are being lied to and we are being hoodwinked by an elite group of people who, for the most part, live in gated cities, who travel with armed bodyguards, and whose only interests are their own well-being and personal wealth.