Do we need more guns in America, or less?

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Do we need more guns in America, or less?

Today I want to bring to your attention an amazing statistic.

As of September 12, 2021, more children have been shot dead in Chicago this year than have died of Covid-19 nationwide.

Here is a quote from FOX News.

Over the course of 2021, more minors have been shot in Chicago than have died of COVID-19 in all of the United States, according to data from police and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A total of 214 children 17 years old or younger have died of COVID-19 so far this year in the country. Comparatively, Chicago police told FOX 32 Chicago earlier this week that 261 children have been shot — 41 of whom have died. 

While COVID-19 cases among children increased significantly between August and September, deaths among this group make up 0-0.27% of all COVID-19 deaths in the states reporting data. Seven states reported zero deaths among children, according to the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.

More children have been fatally shot in Chicago alone than have died of COVID 19 in the entire state of Illinois. 

Where is the outrage?

Where is the mainstream media?

Where is BLM?

Sigh.

Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws yet, is one of the most violent cities in the United States. What they are doing is not working so, why don’t they do something different? In a word, politics over gun control.

When Republicans argue against gun control, these are some points you typically hear:

  • The Second Amendment of the US Constitution protects individual gun ownership.
  • Gun control laws do not deter crime; gun ownership deters crime.
  • Gun control laws infringe upon the right to self-defense and deny people a sense of safety.
  • Gun control laws give too much power to the government and may result in government tyranny and the government taking away all guns from citizens.
  • Gun control laws will not prevent criminals from obtaining guns or breaking laws.

When Democrats argue against gun control, this is some of what you are likely to hear:

  • More gun control laws would reduce gun deaths.
  • High-capacity magazines should be banned because they too often turn murder into mass murder.
  • More gun control laws are needed to protect women from domestic abusers and stalkers.
  • The presence of a gun makes a conflict more likely to become violent.
  • Armed civilians are unlikely to stop crimes and are more likely to make dangerous situations, including mass shootings, more deadly.

On social media, Republicans and Democrats take aim (no pun intended) at each other regularly. Here is a tweet lobbying for more gun control.

And here is one from the right, making an argument for less gun control.

No matter which side of the issue you are on, allow me to leave you with this to think about. According to FBI data, in the year 2019, more homicides were committed by knives than rifles, or shotguns. So, why is there no outcry to ban knives? I think this tweet says it best.

Unfortunately, this is something the citizens of Australia discovered too late.

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