We Have A Problem

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I’m gonna put my two cents in where it probably isn’t wanted...again

Submitted: September 02, 2019

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No one knows how many gun owners there are in the United States.  Just as no one knows exactly how many guns are privately owned in America.

 

After a little internet research, I came up with an estimate that says in 2018 it was estimated that 130 million Americans owned as many as 400 million guns.

 

Again, nobody knows for certain, so let’s just accept those two statistics as gospel for the sake of argument.

 

Most rational human beings agree that there are more privately owned firearms in the U.S. than there are citizens.  That means more than 329 million guns in private hands and in private homes.  Okay, for the time being, let’s just run with that.

 

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, nearly 1 in 5 adults in the United States live with some form of mental illness. That’s more than 46 million mentally ill adults.

 

That doesn’t include children and youth, where it is estimated nearly a quarter (21.4%) will experience a severe mental disorder at some point during their lifetime. Between 20% and 30% of adolescents will have at least one major depressive episode before they reach adulthood, and between 500,000 and 1,000,000 young people (aged 15 to 24) attempt suicide each year.

 

Anyway you look at it, that’s a LOT of messed up people.  And I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to assume at least some of them own or have access to firearms, either legally or illegally, honestly it doesn’t really matter which.

 

By contrast, only 3.5% of the population are trained in CPR. I’m gonna go out on a limb and speculate that the percentage of Americans trained to properly treat a major trauma, (like a gunshot wound), is even lower.

 

“So what?” You say, “Should we all just surrender our guns to big brother, join hands, and sing ‘Kumbaya’?”

 

Hell no!

 

But I think that, with the frequency of gun violence incidents occurring on a regular basis on U.S. streets and in U.S. neighborhoods, schools and businesses it may be time to pull our heads out of the sand and open a non-partisan dialogue on some kind of reasonable regulation.

 

I enjoy shooting guns as much as the next guy. But let’s be honest, the only animal that you would realistically need an AR-15 to hunt is a human...or more precisely a large group of humans. At 200 rounds per minute, this is not a rabbit hunting gun, a duck hunting gun, or even a moose hunting gun. Maybe if you were hunting big game to make it into hamburger...naw, I’d have to call “bullshit” on that one too.

 

Okay, so we can all agree that the AR’s sole purpose is “self defense”.  But my response to that argument would have to be, if you are THAT paranoid, maybe you’re one of those statistical individuals mentioned in passing in paragraphs 5 and 6 above. Just sayin’.

 

No. We don’t all have to surrender all of the weapons we legally own already. 

 

But how many innocent bystanders...how many fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives...how many children have to die before we can recognize that America has a problem with gun violence?

 

How many lives...how many families have to be destroyed before we realize that the problem exists?

 

The first step in finding a solution is admitting that there is a problem. America has a problem with gun violence; a problem with no easy, simple, popular solutions. 

 

When are we going to decide to do something about it?

 


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