Everyone has heard the oft-repeated leftist mantra that “guns kill people”.
Likewise, we've all heard the scathing responses that have been given to it, like the ones about spoons making people fat and people with broken guns because their guns have never killed anyone.
My personal collection of firearms falls into this category as the only thing they ever killed was a porthole in a target. While I've never fired a shot in anger, my guns have prevented two crimes simply by showing I'm not an easy victim to take advantage of.
The reality is that murders do happen and guns are often the tools that killers use. There is no question that the modern weapon is the most efficient weapon available to the average citizen, whether used on offense or defense.
While our armed forces have weapons more efficient than pistols and rifles, these are denied to the public because of their high price and laws restricting their possession.
Therefore modern killers often use guns simply because guns are efficient tools of war. But that's not what Waffenkiller does. Humans are the killers and a certain percentage of our population has been killing their fellow human beings since Cain first realized he could use a stone to hit his brother Abel in the head (or however he did it). Cain didn't have a Glock or AR-15 available; He probably didn't even have a bow and arrow, so he used what he had on hand.
The problem isn't the gun. As others have said, guns are just tools, no more capable of committing crimes than hammers. And considering how many times I've hit my thumb with a hammer over the years, I'd say hammers injure a higher rate of people than guns.
But like the hammer, the weapon can be used for good, just as it can be used for evil. As a weapon, it is as useful in defense as it is in attack. We can't forget the neighbor who grabbed his personal AR-15 and rushed to the aid of the people killed in the Sutherland Springs shooting.
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Had this hero not had reasonable marksmanship, many more people might have been killed. The church was apparently only the killer's first intended target, as evidenced by the massive amount of ammunition he was carrying.
Every day, criminals are foiled by do-gooders with guns. Some of these good guys also have a badge, but many others don't.
It has been proven that most gun-related crimes involve the use of guns purchased illegally; either on the black market or through so-called "straw buying". While this does not cover all homicides, simply enforcing existing laws on the books would significantly reduce gun crime.
But that doesn't mean it will reduce crime. Criminals are criminals and if they don't have guns they will use whatever gun they can find. Criminals didn't suddenly appear when guns were invented; they practiced their “profession” long before that.
Guns became their weapon of choice for the same reason as hunters; They're easier to use.
Mass Murder and Weapons
On the same day the Sandy Hook shooting happened (in 2014), a knife-wielding thug entered a school in China and killed more children than Adam Lanza. But this wasn't the worst knife attack in China this year, on March 1, 2014, 10 men armed with knives entered Kumming Railway Station, killing 29 and injuring 130 others.
Mass murder is mass murder, no matter what weapon. It is a horrific event, regardless of who is doing it, where they are doing it, who the victims are, or what weapon they are holding. But it's guns that get all the press, not because they're deadlier, but for political reasons.
Anything can be used to kill others, especially in the hands of a skilled person. Martial arts weapons started out as tools, not weapons. They were armed in China because the Japanese did not allow the Chinese to own swords. So they figured out how to use what they had.
This is not the only historical reference to the use of tools as weapons. Many of the melee weapons used in the Middle Ages were also tools, most notably the "battle ax" and the "war hammer".
While there were versions of these tools made specifically for use as weapons, the majority of the peasantry merely used the tools they had on hand. Both axes and big hammers are effective weapons when you have nothing better to use.
hands and knives
The same goes for murderers. Some of history's most notorious serial killers didn't use guns. Jack the Ripper, for example, used knives on his victims; cut their throats and then mutilated their bodies.
Since the killer, believed to be male, had a distinct physical advantage over his female victims, a knife was clearly sufficient for his needs.
Green River killer Gary Ridgway didn't even need a knife in his own version of Jack the Ripper's murder spree, he strangled her to death. Early in his assassin career, he did this with his hands, but as he became more skilled he used a ligature (a type of string used as a garotte).
Still the most prolific serial killer in American history, Ridgway was convicted of murdering 48 different women and the actual number is believed to be over 90. His murders are similar to Jack the Ripper in that most of his victims were sex workers and runaways with whom he engaged in sexual acts before and after their murders.
Perhaps one of the most bizarre serial murder cases is that of Niels Hoegal, a German nurse. While actively working in a hospital and struggling to save the lives of his patients, Hoegal also killed them, apparently for the fun of it. The thrill wasn't in killing her but in saving her from death; a death he himself inflicted.
Hoegal's weapon of choice was a heart drug called Gilurytmal. He gave patients an overdose of this drug to impress his colleagues by resuscitating them. But he was not successful in all cases, many died.
Apparently it was none of his business, even though he fought every day to save patients' lives.
While this killer was only convicted of two murders, two attempted murders and one aggravated assault, he is believed to have killed over 100 people over a six-year period. The only reason there are so few convictions is that most of his victims were cremated, making it impossible for forensic investigators to prove whether or not he killed them.
Cars, trucks and explosives
For those who think in terms of weapons, anything can be a weapon, even things not intended for killing. Cars and trucks were designed for transportation, but many die in vehicle accidents. In 2016 (the latest year for which complete data is available at this time), over 40,000 people died in vehicle accidents.
When you consider the percentage of it caused by drugs or alcohol, it's impossible to say that these were just "accidents."
But vehicles can also be used as weapons. Car bombings are not uncommon, especially in the Middle East where terrorists have turned the car bomb into a fine art. Cars and trucks make it easier to transport the explosives and provide additional shrapnel when the bomb goes off.
But vehicles can also be used as weapons without explosives. On December 19, 2016, a terrorist drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin. This act claimed 12 lives, including that of the driver whose truck was stolen, and another 56 others who were injured.
This act of violence was clearly intended as an act of war motivated by ISIS and committed by a failed Tunisian asylum seeker.
Another such example is Nice, France, when in 2016 a truck drove into a crowd, killing 86 and injuring 458.
While serial killers operating for years can claim large numbers of victims, perhaps the worst mass murders are not committed with firearms but with explosives. This only makes sense since explosives give the killer more bang for the buck.
They can kill more people with a single "shot" than any gun can even come close to. The actual number of victims thus depends largely on the occupancy of the building at the time the bomb exploded.
The 1995 Oklahoma City bombing killed 168 people and injured more than 680 others. While the bomb's destructive force was aimed at Alfred P. Murrah's federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, a total of 324 other buildings within a 16-block radius were damaged, some to the point of destruction.
One might think that such a massive explosion would require special methods and materials, and indeed some special materials were used. But the vast majority of explosive power came from common materials that are readily available, using formulas that were available in open source material long before the internet made it possible to find them in a matter of seconds.
The Bath School Massacre
Then there was the Bath School Massacre of 1927, well before mass murderers became media stars. Back then, it was apparently possible to buy dynamite over the counter without the restrictions it has today.
The killer, Andrew Kehoe, bought these in small increments from various locations over several months to eliminate any suspicion that he was buying them for nefarious purposes.
These explosives were used to create four separate explosions, one of which failed to detonate. The first was on his farm, where he firebombed the house and outbuildings before attacking the school. But even before that, he went on a killing spree, murdering his own wife a few days before setting off the blast.
It took months to plan the operation, purchase the explosives, and place them in the school. As a member of the school board, he had direct access to the school, which allowed him to carry the explosives to the basement and prepare his bomb there.
The bomb blast under the north wing of the school killed 30 people, mostly children, and injured another 58, some maimed for life.
A short time later, the killer triggered a second explosion that detonated his truck, which was filled with explosives and shrapnel. Kehoe, the headmaster, and several others were killed in this explosion.
The only reason there weren't more people was because there were few people around the truck at the time.
A third bomb, consisting of 500 pounds of explosives, had been prepared in the basement of the south wing, which for some reason did not explode. In an explosion, the death toll would have been much higher and the building would have been completely destroyed.
From these examples it is clear that murderers, even today's mass murderers, do not need weapons to fulfill their purpose. When people set out to kill others, no matter what, they will find a way. Making gun ownership illegal would do nothing but make it harder for law-abiding citizens to fight back against these criminals.
Even in the area of gun-related deaths, the statistics are not as clear as gun controllers would like them to be. The New York Times, arguably the most liberal newspaper in the country, reported that “more than 60 percent of Americans who die from guns die by suicide; but this fact is often overlooked” in her October 8, 2015 issue. If you can see this fact, why can't others?
Again, abolishing gun ownership will not stop suicide. There are more drug overdose suicides than firearms each year. That's a pretty amazing statistic considering that 80% of suicide attempts with a gun are successful, while only 3% of suicide attempts with drugs are successful.
So the actual number of drug suicide attempts is astronomical.
Do Guns Facilitate Suicide? Yes, they do. But again, the problem isn't with the guns, it's with the mental health of the people who commit suicide. If access to guns was blocked, the only things that would stop it would be impulsive suicides.
It may be a worthwhile goal, but it's not worth stripping everyone of Second Amendment rights to achieve it.
Again, if someone really wanted to commit suicide with a firearm, they could find one, even if guns were illegal. Criminals can buy guns in any country in the world, even those with the most restrictive gun laws. If they can't, it doesn't take much skill to make a homemade single-shot gun that fires shotgun shells. So criminals would have guns, but law-abiding citizens would not.
What the left really wants is one of two things, neither of which benefits society and severely limits our freedom. The first is to eliminate the physical laws that allow firearms to work. That way there would be no more guns.
Those who desire this are the ones who don't want guns around because they're afraid of them. It's a fear-driven argument that has no logical basis. I know people like that, and they can't articulate their reasons other than, "I don't like guns."
But the other group is ultimately the more dangerous. They want to concentrate all arms in the hands of the government. This happened in different places and times in the history of guns.
Each time it has led to a totalitarian government in which the common people had no rights whatsoever.
These people are the politicians, bureaucrats and their lackeys. They want control and they want to take away our freedom. That makes them dangerous and that's what the Founding Fathers gave us with our Second Amendment rights to protect us from.
This article was written byBill Whitefor Survivopedia.
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