Whenever I write about gun violence, gun advocates write to me to tell me that their guns are the only things keeping them safe and that I’m a fool because my lack of weaponry puts me at obvious and terrible risk.
One question I’ve always wanted to ask them is whether they have alarm systems or guard dogs at their homes and places of business. Or did they just go straight for the guns to protect themselves?
To my mind, an alarm or a dog might actually prevent someone from breaking into your home. A gun is something you have to use after someone has already broken in. Gun advocates frequently tout the deterrent virtue of carrying a concealed weapon: Criminals don’t know that you’ve got a gun to defend yourself against them. But isn’t that precisely the problem if you don’t want to be in a position where you’re forced to defend yourself against a criminal?
It’s almost as if some of these folks kind of want someone to mess with them so they can dramatically, heroically pull out a gun.
It’s almost as if some of these people can’t afford to maintain a large dog or to install electronic alarm systems. It’s almost as if some of these people aren’t privileged enough to live in high income areas where these countermeasures are common. It’s almost as if some of these people would rather spend 200 bucks on a shotgun so that they can continue to afford to feed themselves and make payments rather than investing bundles of cash into alarms and dogs.
Drawing a weapon on someone who is attempting to harm you is deterrence. Most defensive uses of firearms do not result in anyone being shot. The logical response to someone pointing a gun at you as you try to rob them is to run away.
Nobody wants someone to attack their person or their family. Nobody wants to be put in a situation where they run the risk of ending another person’s life or dying themselves. If you think that’s how other people are that’s seriously fucked up and that’s on you. I get it, you’re lucky enough to be in a place where you don’t have to worry about your safety. If you wanted to you could go out and adopt a dog and pay to feed it and keep it healthy. You have the cash to drop on an expensive alarm system that’ll do a great job of calling the police for you after there’s a stranger in your house. Not everyone has the same luxuries you do and for some people a gun is a very affordable and practical way of self defense.
It’s entirely based on the whims of the judge. Theoretically, yes but the PD he or she belongs to will be out for blood and most courts will call you a cop killer and give you the biggest sentence they can. Some people have managed to get off as a justifiable homicide with no jail time though. Honestly it depends a lot on circumstances and the court.
Yes, family. Please do indirectly call me ignorant and say that we need guns in America and that putting stricter regulations on firearms doesn’t save lives, meanwhile in places like fucking Australia, gun violence wasn’t too bad to begin with but guess what? It still declined and then suicide rates decreased by 65 fucking percent when you took away guns. WHAT A FUCKING SURPRISE.
It declined at exactly the same rate as it was declining before. Then the government announced that it hadn’t really done anything. Correlation is not causation. By your logic the fact that our gun homicide has been declining since 1993 and is down 49% since then while the number of gun owners and concealed carriers is surging like never before and gun sales are at an all time high means that more guns means less crime doesn’t it?
Australia is a different nation with different problems. They don’t have a war on drugs that makes murder profitable, they don’t have the same centralized poverty in large cities, their culture is different, they have never had the same proliferation of firearms, and their situation is wholly irrelevant to ours. Putting stricter regulations on firearms doesn’t save lives and it never has. Chicago has some of the tightest gun laws in the nation and its murder rate is through the roof. At the beginning of 2014 they loosened their gun laws and allowed concealed carry. In the first quarter of the year:
Robberies that lead to arrests dropped 20%
Burglary dropped 20%
Motor vehicle theft dropped 26%
Chicago’s murder rate dropped to the lowest it has been in 56 years
Guns save lives. All major studies point towards defensive uses of firearms being extremely common and effective at deterring crime. Australia is not the US
Should I start a kickstarter for a self sustainable MSF style island country? Are there any rules against crowdfunding that type of shit?
most of the money you raise will probably have to go towards paying for people renouncing US citizenship though, it’s more than 2k a person now I think