With Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s new group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, the momentum has finally grown to proportions that can match and beat the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) at their own game. Say goodbye to the NRA’s leader, wacky Wayne LaPierre.
As the President receives recommendations today from Vice President Joe Biden on how to curb gun violence by passing new firearms laws, the NRA promises a fight to the finish predicting an assault weapons ban won’t pass. These fruitcakes still don’t understand the difference between their right to own guns and the public’s right to stay alive. In fact, the NRA doesn’t care about the latter and has made that clear over the years blocking all firearms legislation.
All the recent polls point to the fact that Americans want action now in stopping the carnage by guns that has swept the nation. How these facts escape Wayne LaPierre and his gang of gun nuts is beyond me. Maybe they aren’t bright enough to understand the emergency of the situation. Or maybe they just don’t care as indicated earlier. In a recent CNN/ORC poll, it was found that 52% of the U.S. public wants major restrictions on the ownership of firearms.
In a new survey from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, it found that unintentional injuries were quite often caused by guns, and one of the reasons people in America die young more often than in other countries. Further, “The prevalence of firearms in the United States looms large as an explanation for higher death rates from violence, suicidal impulses, and accidental shootings.” The availability of guns is deadly in this country.
Continuing, the survey found the U.S. has the highest rate of firearms ownership among peer countries: 89 civilian-owned firearms for every 100 Americans and the US is home to about 35 to 50 per cent of the world’s civilian-owned firearms.” Possession of unlocked firearms in the home is one behavior blamed for the “excessive lethality of the violence.” With 6 violent deaths per 100,000 population, the United States is far above 16 other countries in the study.
Canada, Japan, Australia and much of Western Europe didn’t come anywhere close to the U.S. The closest country was Finland with just over 2 violent deaths per year. Most of these countries have very strict gun regulation laws that apparently work in decreasing firearms violence. Homicide is the second leading cause of death in ages 15-24, and 52% of all suicides involve a firearm. It would seem this country is determined to decrease the population using guns.
But yet another report has been issued that documents states with the most and least gun control. California is best and, who else, Arizona is worst. The Grand Canyon state is also the second deadliest in the U.S. with 15 gun deaths per 100,000 population. As a resident of this state I can tell you that it takes literally nothing more than a warm body to buy a gun, and carry it anywhere in the state you want to, even in bars. Pathetic.
Everyone is waiting for Joe Biden’s recommendations to President Obama that he will deliver today. Many have said that the media will eventually tire of the gun control issue and move on to the economy full time. I don’t think so and bloggers like myself and organizations like the Brady Campaign, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, Mayors against Illegal Guns, States United to Prevent Gun Violence and others will all do their part to keep gun control in the forefront.