We Need To Educate The Public Better

Posted: May 13, 2013 in Uncategorized
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It is no surprise to me that the general public believes that gun crime is up according to a PEW survey. With the mainstream media leading with every tragedy linked to guns they can find it is no wonder the public is misinformed. Do I blame the media? Yes and no. I believe we deserve part of the blame. We need to take the facts that we are given and make sure it gets out there to the herds and masses. We talked about the BJS study last week that proves the facts are once again on our side. With this information there is no reason that today 56% of Americans believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago and only 12% think it is lower. Go out and share the blog with someone today, get them to click the “like” button on Facebook. Make them an informed citizen.

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  1. Quite right. There’s less murder than there used to be. However, the rates of one kind of preventable gun death have been rising – suicides. Suicide rates increased 30% between 1999-2010, and now 5,000 more people kill themselves per year than die in auto accidents. The main correlating causes are depression and anxiety disorders, including PTSD. Though there are many ways used, the clear favorite is for people to shoot themselves with a handgun. We need ways to prevent people unbalanced by situational stress or changes in brain chemistry from obtaining firearms, at least on a temporary basis. We temporarily suspend driver’s licenses after a DUI, and the DOT, FAA and OSHA already regulate personal safety on the basis of fitness for transportation operators and those who run machinery. We could save some of these people, and we should.

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