Minnesota Farmer


Culture of violence

Again another senseless shooting.  Again innocents die.  Again the press and many anti-gun people talk about the culture of violence we live in, but do we?   A culture of violence is one in which it is, or seems to be, right to be violent, is that what we have here?12947233-no-violence-concept-on-a-blackboard-crossing-out-by-chalk

I would have to say that here in the “Western Nations” we do not.  We here look at ourselves and wring our hands and talk of all the gun violence, but we are safer here from gun violence than many other countries.  If you want gun violence look to northern Mexico, the Middle East or parts of central Africa, there you have gun violence.

In most western nations we have police and a rule of law that is lacking in much of the rest of the world.  Many think that because we still have people being killed with guns we must do more to ban guns, and yet violence will still find a way.

I myself have been bullied and treated violently, yet there was no gun involved.  Every day we have adults and children treated violently, yet without guns.  There are many more ways to die besides with a gun.  For most of human history there were no guns, and yet people died at the hands of other people.  Getting rid of guns will not stop the violence.  If there were no guns people will still find ways to kill large amounts of people.  Just look at the huge number who died when a few people took over three airplanes with box cutters, or the number who died when a fertilizer bomb went off in Oklahoma City.

We humans have not yet removed ourselves that far ancestors who had to use violence just to survive.  There still are bad people out there who must be controlled, and because of that we still need people willing to use controlled violence to protect us.  I bless the soldier and police force that has taken on that job.

Do I long for a day when there is no more violence in this world, Yes I do.  Do I expect to see it in my lifetime, no, nor perhaps even in the lifetime of my grandchildren.  Despite what we want to believe, violence is written into our DNA.  It is well controlled by only a few, much of the rest of the people in the world are only a split second from doing something violent.  Most likely that violence will be to protect someone they love, but it is there.

So please, act for and promote peace and non-violent activities.  Just do not expect laws controlling guns to stop violence.

Michael

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Hi Michael, On the point of gun control and violence, it is hard to argue that the lack of gun controls does not contribute to a safer society. America has a gun addiction and of all Western nations has the highest incidents of gun related deaths and crime. Statistical comparisons with Canada should make it obvious that there is a very different approach being taken to guns on both sides of the 49th parallel.

What happened in Newtown could happen anywhere. That is true! But the overall statistics related to guns, access to guns, and the inability to control handguns (clearly a weapon designed for concealment and killing) has made the United States less safe.

As for the murder rate in Northern Mexico. It is correlated directly to demand for drugs north of the Rio Grande leading to turf wars between drug gangs, the Mexican police, all in the name of feeding the beast.

I understand why people may want to have a rifle….for hunting, sports shooting. My wife has all the awards for rifle target shooting you can win. But I don’t understand why people buy handguns, or semi-automatic and automatic weapons that fire a hail of bullets. These serve only one purpose and it is pretty clear that the semi-automatic weapon was put to its most evil use in Newtown by a clearly disturbed youth.

I think the NRA needs to understand the difference between the sport of shooting and “murder” weapons. It needs to, as an organization, recognize that bearing arms may be written into the U.S. constitution, but weapons that are suited to murder and war have no place in American or any nation’s homes.

Comment by lenrosen4

Gun ownership is now down to under 33% of households here in the U.S. from a high in 1977 of 54% in 1977. The dramatic drop in households having guns has not had a corresponding decrease in death by guns which has held nearly steady for the last 30 years. 22% of Canadian homes have guns.
But the US does not have the worst firearm murder rate – that prize belongs to Honduras, El Salvador and Jamaica. In fact, the US is number 28, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people. Puerto Rico tops the world for firearms murders as a percentage of all homicides – 94.8%. It’s followed by Sierra Leone in Africa and Saint Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean. I do agree that there is no need for 30 round clips or automatic rifles as home owned guns.

Comment by Michael




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