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Safety: Cars vs. Gun Control

There are four times more guns in the United States than there are cars, anti-gun people find this a shocking number and insist that these numbers need to be lowered; only certain guns should be legal, guns need to be registered, gun owners licensed, and gun crime needs more severe punishment than other crimes. For the most part, these people do not use firearms, they don’t know anything about using them, and they are frightened by them.

The fact is that there is much more harm done by cars than there is by guns. There are more than 52 times more automobile accidents than gun incidents in the United States. These result in 41 times more injuries by car than by gun, and cars kill more than 150% more people than guns.

Keep in mind that death or injury by firearm includes criminal activity, suicides, accidental discharges, gun malfunctions, citizen self-defense, and police shootings. A very large percentage of firearms that are used in crimes are used by criminals and very often the victims of such shootings are other criminals. Also, the number of suicides by gun make up a fairly large percentage of this number; most experts believe that those who commit suicide by gun would commit suicide by other means if no gun is available. In both of these situations criminal activity and suicide, the presence of the gun is not essential to the act – they would use other means to accomplish their goal if a gun is not available.

Not only are police shootings included in the number, but there are hundreds of acts by citizens each year in which a criminal is shot in self defense. But beyond police and civilian defensive shootings, there are thousands of incidents in which the mere presence of an armed officer or citizen has stopped a crime, and an arrest was made or the criminal fled without doing harm, with no shot being fired.

Beyond all this is the fact that just the knowledge that a perspective victim may be armed is a proven deterrent to crime. If you doubt the deterrent power of this, remember that the Japanese stated that they would not invade the United States during World War II because America was an armed citizenry, and they had a high level of competency in the use of their weapons.

When you consider the facts that guns aren’t as dangerous as cars, and you weigh the potential harm against the potential good in gun ownership, you have to ask, “Why do American politicians want to control firearms? For safety?” No the facts don’t support that premise; the only logical conclusions are that they want control of the citizenry, and they want to be able to track and tax gun ownership. And this is the very reason that the Founding Fathers created the second amendment of the Constitution, to assure the people never have their power to govern usurped by bureaucrats.

13 Responses to “Safety: Cars vs. Gun Control”

  • virgilio:

    There are actually more guns than cars. There are 260 million guns in private ownership, and 62 million vehicles registered in the United States. More than four times more guns than cars.

    The “disengenious” point I’m making is that there are four times more guns than cars, but cars cause 3.7 million injuries per year compared to 90 thousand by all incidents of guns. That lower number of cars also causes 49,000 deaths campared to 31,000 deaths by all firearm incidents. More than 95% of the guns out there are never used against a person. Crime should be against the law and it is, guns like cars, knives, or hammers are only tools.

    I encounter a gun as much as I do my vehicles; I own a car and a pickup truck, and I own a handgun and a rifle. I almost always have a gun on my person or within reach as do millions of Americans, so you may not be aware that you are encountering guns, but you are. Citizens have a right to bear arms,they do not have a right to commit crimes, and the vast majority do not ever commit a crime with a gun.

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  • Robert O:

    In light of recent tragedies of fireman and grade school shootings, we still have to protect ourselves. The disarmament of the general public enables the government to take complete control. It has been proven that they cannot even handle the responsibilities they have now. The people who look for gun control, most generally, don’t know or have not been taught history. They don’t know what out forefathers fought for and sacrificed their lives for. The freedoms we have we not asked for, yet fought for. The second amendment keeps our right to the life we know, the freedoms we know. My heart goes out to the families grieving in sandy hook, i am going to be a father myself. Armed public is a safer public, with an unarmed public criminals run wild. Criminals WILL have guns, legal or not!!!!

  • When will gun deaths overtake car accident deathsin the decade starting 2011?

  • virgilio:

    Gun deaths are no where close to overtaking automobile deaths; in fact the rate of gun deaths has been steadily going down since the 1990′s in spite of the fact that US gun ownership has greatly increased during that same period. Mass murder is not increasing it has been at about the same level as today since they have been statistically tracked.

  • Kenneth Moss:

    How many hours are guns operated versus the hours of vehicle operation? Isn’t this a far more important question about safety than the shear number of weapons? Most gun owners own several guns. You can only use them one at a time … well I suppose you can only SAFELY use them one at a time. I’m sure if you look at how many planes crash vs how many planes exist … that number would make you think that airplanes aren’t safe … no you have to look at how many hours a plane flies. You have to take into account that there is NEVER a second that dozens of planes aren’t in flight … every second, every hour every day. Same goes for cars. when are there not hundreds, thousands on the road at any given second? How many tens of thousands of miles does the average car rack up and NEVER harm a single human? Accidents do happen. especially when we are careless. I do support the 2nd amendment, but I think we, as a country are far too careless when it comes to guns.

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  • virgilio:

    Responding to Kenneth Moss. There is a lack of logical connection, on comparing time spent in operating cars to time spent in “operating a gun”. For defensive use a gun is “in operation” anytime it is available. In this sense, my guns are in operation all the time. I am armed all the time, everytime I’m in a car as a driver or a passenger my weapon is “in operation”. I have two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. When I am home all three are available, so “in operation”. I live in Arizona where we have a concealed carry permit law, but it is unnecessary except when we travel out of state, because every legal adult gun owner in the state is allowed to carry concealed without a permit. Arizona is very gun-friendly, but the gun violence rate is much lower than in states with strict guns laws. There are far more accidental deaths from drowning, fire, and poisoning than from guns. So while I agree with gun safety being important, and that we need to keep our guns away from young children, they are many times more likely to be killed by other common household accidents than by guns.

  • JoBoXeR:

    Virgilio, can you state your references. I am trying to debate this issue with someone else and i would like backing. I haven’t really found much on the internet with these kind of specifics. Thanks

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