Kirsters Baish| A very interesting conservative by the name of Bill Whittle has put out all different kinds of videos in the past. These videos contain a series called the “Virtual President.” In one episode of that series, Whittle speaks in the fashion as he would if he were conducting a State of the Union address. He spoke about what he would do when it came to gun control. This might be one of the best arguments against gun control that we’ve ever heard.
Whittle mentions that many people would like to ban thirty round magazines and semi-automatic rifles simply because they want to ban something that they can control. The issue that everyone really is looking to ban is “violence and murder and insanity.” This is something that we are not able to control as it is part of the human condition.
Whittle compared the situation to a leopard hunting a gazelle. He explained that some want to cut off the gazelle’s horns and take away any chance it had at defending itself. This makes it easier for the predator, but leftists expect that this will make the predator simply go away. Whittle stated, “When you make it easier for the predator, you get more predators.”
The point Whittle is making is one that has not been made often. Only 3% of all murders in our country in 2011 were committed using rifles.
Bill Whittle stated,
Let’s start with the so-called “assault weapons,” more properly known as semiautomatic rifles. In 2011, total firearm murders came to 8,583, according to the FBI. During that time, the total murders committed by rifles – ALL rifles, not just semi-automatic rifles – were 323. That’s 3% of all murders. Hammers and clubs kill half again as many people as rifles. Hands and feet murder twice as many; and knives kill five times more Americans than all rifles combined.
Preventable medical errors kill about 98,000 people per year: medical malpractice kills more than twelve times as many people as are murdered in the US each year. That’s more than 300 times the number killed by all rifles, not just the so-called “assault rifles.”
And yet no one talks about limits on hammers, or knives, or doctors or hospitals. No one does that because the good we perceive from hammers and knives and doctors far outweigh their perceived harm. And yet, studies show that firearms prevent anywhere from 800,000 to over two million violent crimes every year. Murders and rapes and assaults are reported, but murders and rapes and assaults prevented by firearms isn’t – in the same way that a jet crash catastrophe makes the evening news while the 30,000 safe landings that occur every single day in this country — don’t. The lowest estimate means that 100 times more violent crimes were prevented by firearms than the total murders committed by firearms. One hundred times.
Gun control is not the answer, and that should be clear to anyone with half a brain. The issue is one of mental health. Nikolas Cruz was mentally unwell, and this is the real issue at hand.