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In response to NRA-ILA's Facebook post "We can prevent firearm violence and protect freedom," I asked if gun owners would be interested in modifying assault guns so they could only fire non-lethal ammunition. Of the responses, 95% could've equally been written by a mass shooter, even after repeatedly asking if they were aware they were modeling such bad behavior. When challenged why, I said "gun owners kill family and friends eight times more frequently, either intentionally or by accident, and kill themselves 25 times more frequently likewise, than kill in justified self defense". Otherwise, of the 500 responses, two asked me calmly to define 'non-lethal' ammunition, four told me I was an idiot because rubber bullets don't kill, and several were definitely from potential mass shooters. Only a few argued sociopathically, an improvement from the Tea Party survey in 2015. None helped me on obtaining modified assault weapons that could only fire rubber bullets. It's possible some number of the responses were by Russian bots.
In February 2018, a wise#neveragain child asked me, "With so many guns around, how do we learn who's the good guy with the gun, and who's the bad guy with the gun?" In brief, that's a majorly serious problem! A Yofiel study in 2015 found half of 350 Tea Party members ready to shoot children for stealing apples off an apple tree. Who is good and who is bad?
Natural law provides very clear answers on the gun rights versus gun control debate. But natural law, as it is invoked in USA's declaration of independence, requires accepting the existence of God, so natural law cannot be taught in American public schools. As a result, 99.9% of Americans on both 'sides' of the gun debate have opinions of the derived constitution that are very flawed. Here is a primer on natural law, and how it applies to gun liberties.
New findings are presented showing that a gun in the home increases risks of residents being shot to death by 3~4 orders of magnitude more than it is likely to stop a crime. Also, during attempts of self defense, 2 out of 3 firearm fatalities are accidental killings of family or friends, rather than of criminal aggressors. Additional data on domestic violence is presented.
Sometime close to May 7, 2017, half a million Americans will have been shot to death since 9/11, and there’s no sign of the death rate abating. So it’s a fine time to consider who exactly is dead, who will die next, and what would really make a difference. Does the NRA solution work? Are fatalities falling? Who is killing whom? How well does self defense work? Can gun control reduce fatalities and suicide? Do more guns mean less crime? How many illegal guns are there? How much do taxpayers pay for gun violence? What new solutions could reduce the casualties?
From best available data, the direct cost of firearm casualties to taxpayers in 2017 is 16 billion dollars. This equates to ~$136 in annual tax per household, or $407 per gun owner (as projected from 2010 data, which is the most recent available).
On or around May 7, 2017, the number of US citizens shot to death since 9/11 will pass half a million, over a thousand times more than killed by terrorists in the same timespan. For a full analysis, seehttp://www.yofiel.com/guns/916-report.
In 1995, firearm homicides were falling dramatically. But in 1999, the direction reversed, and killings started increasing...until about 2005, when they started falling again. Best-fit curve algorithms show the direction could go either way. Is the overall trend down or up? Are there trends in components of overall firearm fatalities that illuminate the answer? What lessons can we learn from the trends for ourselves?
This article describes an ideal methodology to end conflict on gun control, reduce taxes, and save lives. It includes a full description of the methodology, cost data, responses to 1300 objections gathered over the span of a year, and analysis of the results.
NRA's Wayne LaPierre blames violent crime for most gun deaths, and demands incarceration of all felons for 5 years as the solution. In fact, with current CDC and FBI data, less than 1 in 15 deaths are caused by crime. Even ignoring that fact, this study finds the NRA solution would at most save 1 in 9 lives, and at worst, would actually increase total fatality, due to a nine-fold increase in suicide likelihood by those with an incarceration history. This study also finds that NRA propaganda to blame firearm fatalities on acts of crime alone has been very effective in distorting the ability of gun supporters to accept the truth.
Pro-gun advocates claim that guns do not cause suicide and that therefore gun-control legislation cannot reduce suicide rates, producing suicide statistics from other nations which have reduced or banned guns to prove the claim. Here the scientific data and claims are examined. It finds that an effective way to save American lives is to enable secure delivery of confidential data from health organizations to the firearms-purchase background-check system, although this may not be enough considering the number of guns already in the country.
The American public thinks it has well-formed opinions on moral, ethical, legal, social, and religious issues, despite there being a general lack of formal education as to how to form such higher-level semantic judgments in the public school system. This study demonstrates that the need to conform to peer attitudes will cause the public to ignore facts, dismiss evidence, and believe in rumors in order to substantiate their view. The majority of Americans will not change their views, after they are formed, even when presented with direct facts to the contrary.
Non-Violent Direct Action (NVDA) is a way to affect social change without requiring the insurrection against society often pronounced as the only solution by gun advocates. This is an overview of the existential basis and an example of its success.