According to a 2013 Pew Research study, 37 percent of households had an adult who owned a gun — 24 percent said they owned a gun, and 13 percent said someone else in their household did.There are about 319 million people in the United States, so that means there are about 118 million gun owners in this nation.
The “Mass Shooting Tracker” counts any incident where four or more people are shot, whether fatally or not, as a mass shooting. For 2015 so far, this tracker counts 294 incidents — of those, there are names for only 45 of the shooters, which leads me to believe the others are gang or crime related. But let’s assume for a moment all 294 shooters were actually law-abiding, legal gun owners.
That means, out of 118 million gun owners, 249 or .00025 percent of the gun-owning population are potential mass shooters.
Of course, now the gun control activists are out in force. Any person who legally owns a gun must be a certified nut bag.
It is a sad truth that there are likely more mentally ill individuals in our nation who will one day get their hands on guns, legally or illegally, and take the lives of some innocent souls.
But some perspective is needed.
According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, 375 individuals have been killed during a mass shooting in 2015.Now compare that number to 10,076. According to MADD, that’s the number of people killed during drunk driving crashes in 2013 alone. In fact, every day in America, another 28 people die in drunk driving crashes. Every. Single. Day.
Using the liberal logic of banning guns because of tragic (and thankfully, comparatively rare) mass shootings undertaken by crazy white folks (and some not so white), should we not then ban cars?Cars clearly cause many more fatalities in terms of numbers each day than whack nuts with a gun.
Heck, we should ban bathtubs too. Because 341 people die from drowning and submersion while in or falling into bathtubs. And floors. We need to ban floors too, because 565 people die each year from slipping, tripping or falling.
I don’t mean to be flippant, or to trivialize this terrible tragedy. But as the stories fly around in the next few days regarding this event, you can be darn tootin’ liberals will begin pushing their agendas.
It’s useful to have some facts at your fingertips to provide some perspective – because you’ll never get that from the mainstream media.
[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford]