Guest Post by Michael Owen
No amount of statistics or facts will sway either side in the gun control debate, because they are all looking for simple solutions to complex problems. The facts of those complex problems are uncomfortable and nobody really wants to come to grips with them.
We don’t really have a single America with a moderately high rate of gun deaths. Instead, we have two Americas, one of which has very high rates of gun ownership but very low murder rates, very comparable to the rest of the First World democracies. . .
The other America has much lower rates of gun ownership but much, much higher murder rates, akin to violent third world countries. . .
Those on the left favor simple minded restrictions that target first world America, with its high gun ownership but very low murder rate, but don’t address the root causes of third world America’s violence at all. Meanwhile those on the right correctly feel their civil rights are constantly threatened. . .
Meanwhile, over the past 40 years, while the number of guns in private hands has doubled, the murder rate has dropped by half. . . The uncomfortable fact is that roughly 80% of the US homicide rate is associated with the drug trade, and the drug trade is violent because the drug war reserves it for violent criminals.
We have a system in place where the government subsidizes poverty in urban areas, imposes economic blight in those same areas through heavy taxes and regulations, renders the residents permanently unemployable via the “criminal justice” (sic) system, and creates a lucrative black market in drugs by restricting supply. . The drug trade is violent because those in it have no access to courts to settle disputes. . . Guns are not the proximate cause of gun violence in the US.
Childlike magical thinking and simple “fixes” to complex problems will not work. But it is comfortable, and self-righteousness feels so good. So I expect it to continue indefinitely.
This is a short but sweet synopsis of the differences in perception amongst Americans regarding guns.
Bottom line, the 2nd Amendment Right is enshrined in the Constitution, tied to the inherent right of effective self defense, and broadly held amongst the populace.
The vast majority of the problems with guns occur in urban situations, ruled politically by Democrats, with higher concentrations of Welfare participation, more drug running and gang activity, and greater racial minority concentrations amongst the residents.
Where more conservative politicians rule, and where a higher percentage of the population is Caucasian, the gun violence is muted.
There’s a lesson to be learned there, but the willfully blind demand that it be ignored.