According to the FBI Guns are not the Leading Cause of Death

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 19th, 2013

Week in Review

As the gun control debate heats up emotions take over the debate.  For if calmer heads prevailed they would see we don’t have a gun problem after all (see White House petition demands ban on hammers and baseball bats by Joe Newby posted 1/12/2013 on the Examiner).

Citing FBI statistics showing that more people are killed by blunt instruments like hammers and baseball bats than rifles and shotguns, a petition at the White House website demands a complete ban on them, Fox News reported Friday…

“In 2005,” the petition says, “the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. In 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.”

“It’s clearly time to take action on hammers and baseball bats,” the petition adds.

The petition, unfortunately, missed the mark on the number of murders committed with blunt objects like hammers and clubs. According to the FBI, there were 608 murders reported that year using blunt objects, not 605. All of the other numbers in the petition match FBI crime statistics.

As we reported earlier this month, “personal weapons” like hands and feet were used in 905 murders in 2005 and 726 murders in 2011.

According to FBI statistics, knives and other sharp instruments were used in more murders than rifles and shotguns combined.

It’s not guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands or feet that kill people.  People kill people.  Which is the only common thread in all of these deaths.  So do we ban guns, hammers, baseball bats, knives, hands and feet?  Even if it saves only one life?  Or should we make going to church mandatory so people learn right from wrong?  And the value of human life?  Which would save quite a few lives.  For one it would end abortion.

There have been 55,772,015 abortions in America since Roe vs. Wade (1973).  This averages out to 1.4 million abortions a year.  So by forcing people to go to church we could save up to 1.4 million lives a year.  Far more than they can save by banning guns.  For if you ban guns but don’t change people they will just use a hammer, baseball bat, knife, their hands or feet.

When you look at the facts with a calmer head the gun control debate becomes silly.  For guns are not making people kill.  They are only a means to an end.  If people want to kill other people they will.  If guns aren’t available they will go to the next weapon choice on their list.  Someone who has a seething anger that makes them want to kill will not simply start whistling a happy tune if he can’t legally buy a gun.  Chances are that this person will still act on that anger.  And hurt someone.   For that’s the funny thing about lawbreakers.  They don’t obey the law.  Murder is murder.  Whether the weapon is a gun.  Or a hammer, baseball bat, knife, hands or feet.

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