#1 Make Our Day: Brit Columnist Suggests World eInterventionf Over US Guns by Rev 22.09.2013 21:57

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Make Our Day: Brit Columnist Suggests World eInterventionf Over US Guns

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Rick Moran

September 22, 2013 - 10:56 am

Henry Porter, a columnist for The Observer, doesnft think much of Americafs Second Amendment. Nor does he care much for America itself, judging by his condescending commentary. His Lordship is very, very concerned about gun violence in America. In fact, he is so concerned that he believes it may be time for the world to ginterveneh and save us from ourselvescor something.

There is an excellent British descriptive that applies perfectly to Mr. Porter.

He's a twit.

The annual toll from firearms in the US is running at 32,000 deaths and climbing, even though the general crime rate is on a downward path (it is 40% lower than in 1980). If this perennial slaughter doesnft qualify for intercession by the UN and all relevant NGOs, it is hard to know what does.

To absorb the scale of the mayhem, itfs worth trying to guess the death toll of all the wars in American history since the War of Independence began in 1775, and follow that by estimating the number killed by firearms in the US since the day that Robert F. Kennedy was shot in 1968 by a .22 Iver-Johnson handgun, wielded by Sirhan Sirhan. The figures from Congressional Research Service, plus recent statistics from icasualties.org, tell us that from the first casualties in the battle of Lexington to recent operations in Afghanistan, the toll is 1,171,177. By contrast, the number killed by firearms, including suicides, since 1968, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and the FBI, is 1,384,171.

Actually, the general trend on deaths as a result of firearms is going down the last decade and has been declining since their peak in the 1990Œs. This, despite about 100 million more firearms in the hands of Americans. Also, that 32,000 number is deceiving. Two-thirds of gun deaths every year are the result of suicides. As is typical of anti-gun twits, Porter twists the facts and even tells outright lies to make his points.

So, besides allowing the world to come over and give us a good talking to, and maybe try and take our guns away, what solution does Porter suggest?

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