Thank You NRA: Death by Handgun In The USA Is More Common Than Apple Pie
Decent, Reasonable Americans Are Disgusted By Gun Death And Demand Gun Control Now
The NRA has convoluted the meaning of “The Right to bear arms” so that it has become National American Gospel. When the US Constitution was amended to included “The Bill of Rights”, the 2nd Amendment, to allow militias, police and military organizations to bear arms in defense of the city, state or republic. Since about 1960, the NRA has been on a lobbying crusade to convince every American politician that the right to bear arms for personal use without any restriction is the founding principle of the American Republic. That attitude does a disservice to America, kills countless civilians needlessly, and places the value of a handgun over the value of a person.
Every other amendment which went against the American spirit has been revoked. Women and blacks can vote, slavery is no longer legal. NRA reactionaries say the US Constitution can’t be changed but it has been changed when the social mores have evolved. It’s high time for the USA to join civilized nations in legislating comprehensive gun control laws at the local, state and federal level.
In the USA, One person is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week.
Between 2000 and 2010, a total of 335,609 people died from guns — more than the population of St. Louis, Mo. (318,069), Pittsburgh (307,484), Cincinnati, Ohio (296,223), Newark, N.J. (277,540), and Orlando, Fla. (243,195)
Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention, the Brady Campaign reports.
Every year in the U.S., an average of more than 100,000 people are shot.
Those numbers make me less proud of being American. It’s a disgrace that can be avoided and corrected.