To my readers:
Some of you may not enjoy or agree with my opinion in this blog. That is ok! “To each his/her own,” is what I like to say. The subject written about here is controversial to say the least and there are many differing opinions. This is mine and mine alone. Agree or Disagree, respectfully please.
Is Murder Wrong?
The definition of Murder is: The crime of unlawfully killing a person with malice (according to Meriam Webster’s Dictionary).
If it is unlawful then one must assume that it is wrong. But how about in self-defense. If I kill a person who is trying to kill me … I’ve murdered the person in self-defense and that is not unlawful … so it is right – not wrong.
How about by accident. Let’s say I am driving down the street (not drunk but perhaps a little tired) and a woman walks out in front of my car where I failed to slow down for a stop sigh that I could not see because a truck was blocking it. I go to court and am found guilty of Vehicular Homicide. Vehicular homicide is a crime that involves the death of a person other than the driver as a result of either criminally negligent or murderous operation of a motor vehicle. It does not matter that it was truly an accident … I was criminally negligent and therefore charged with a crime.
Now what happens if that woman is pregnant. It does not matter where she was going … she was pregnant and I accidently killed her and the baby she was carrying in her womb. I could be found guilty of not one but two homicides or murder.
But let’s face the fact … most murders are not vehicular – or are they? Take a look at these facts from centeronaddition.org:
- In 2016 in America there were …
- 40,000 motor vehicle related deaths
- 39,000 firearm related deaths (including suicides)
- 64,000 drug over-dose related deaths.
Is more gun control really needed?
In 2018 there were only 14,623 gun related deaths in America. I say “only” because of another number I will give you in a moment. This number actually fell from 15,658 in 2017 and neither includes Suicide Victims from self-inflicted gun shots.
Of this 14,623 Gun Related Deaths …
- 3,492 were children
- 1,720 were mass shooting victims and
- 1,597 were accidental or unintentional shooting victims.
As for who was killed by what … this may help some of you:
NUMBER OF MURDER VICTIMS IN THE UNITED STATES IN 2017 BY WEAPON
In this chart from QZ.com we see that while there are 316 million Americans in 2013 there was an estimated 270-310 million guns owned by these Americans.
If only 14,623 murders by gun took place in 2018 when considering the number of guns (even though it is people that kill not guns that kill) that would be a percentage of 0.005% of the people that were killed with a gun.
Actually only about 22-29% of the people in America own a gun (that is registered). This means about 79 million people have at least one gun (I have three and may get more). One survey found that the average gun owner has 3 guns. More than half of them just own 1 or 2, whereas 14% of them (7.7 million – or 3% of the population) owns between 8 and 140 guns. This 3% of the population owns 50% of all the guns in America that are owed by individuals. I don’t know … 140 guns for one person may be a little much. I could understand 8 – 10 depending on the type of shooting one may want to do.
I watch a lot of Alaskan shows and those folks normally take 3 – 4 guns with them each time they head out to the boonies. Small round gun for smaller animals and larger round guns for larger animals. Perhaps a sniper gun for extremely long distance shots, a pistol for quick needs or to scare a bear away and perhaps a shot gun for flying animals.
The point is … the gun is not the problem … it’s the people that is the problem. You can’t change the people by having more regulation on guns. The criminal will always get what they want, when they want it, regardless of laws.
Here below is a comparison of a Liberals thoughts on the Second Amendment as compared to a Conservatives thoughts:
The Second Amendment does not give citizens the right to keep and bear arms, but only allows for the state to keep a militia (National Guard). Individuals do not need guns for protection; it is the role of local and federal government to protect the people through law enforcement agencies and the military. Additional gun control laws are necessary to stop gun violence and limit the ability of criminals to obtain guns. More guns mean more violence.
The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Individuals have the right to defend themselves. There are too many gun control laws – additional laws will not lower gun crime rates. What is needed is enforcement of current laws. Gun control laws do not prevent criminals from obtaining guns. More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens mean less crime.
Full text of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
Here’s a question for you: What kills more than guns or drugs in America?
Now let’s talk about another form of what I consider – in most cases – to be pre-meditated murder … ABORTIONS.
According to what I was able to find on Wikipedia about abortions in the United States I uncovered this:
- In 1970 there were 193,491 Abortions in America – 52 for every 1,000 live births.
- By 1990 this number had grown to 1,429,247 – 345 per 1,000 live births.
- In the late 90’s and so far in the 2000’s the number has began to decline – but not far enough.
- In 2015 there were still 638,169 abortions in America – 188 per 1,000 live births.
- Since 1970 and through 2015 it is estimated that 45,789,558 babies have been aborted in America.
Yes, that’s 638,169 dead babies on purpose in 2015 … and the Liberal Left is looking for more stringent gun laws and less stringent abortion laws! Here’s is the thought processes of Liberals vs. Conservatives on Abortion
A woman has the right to decide what happens with her body. A fetus is not a human life, so it does not have separate individual rights. The government should provide taxpayer funded abortions for women who cannot afford them. The decision to have an abortion is a personal choice of a woman regarding her own body and the government must protect this right. Women have the right to affordable, safe and legal abortions, including partial birth abortion.
Human life begins at conception. Abortion is the murder of a human being. An unborn baby, as a living human being, has separate rights from those of the mother. Oppose taxpayer-funded abortion. Taxpayer dollars should not be used for the government to provide abortions. Support legislation to prohibit partial birth abortions, called the “Partial Birth Abortion* Ban.”
(*Partial Birth Abortion: the killing of an unborn baby of at least 20 weeks by pulling it out of the birth canal with forceps, but leaving the head inside. An incision is made in the back of the baby’s neck and the brain tissue is suctioned out. The head is then removed from the uterus.)
Here’s how Capitalism Magazine supports pro-choice:
A fetus does not have a right to be in the womb of any woman, but is there by her permission. This permission may be revoked by the woman at any time, because her womb is part of her body… There is no such thing as the right to live inside the body of another, i.e., there is no right to enslave… a woman is not a breeding pig owned by the state (or church). Even if a fetus were developed to the point of surviving as an independent being outside the pregnant woman’s womb, the fetus would still not have the right to be inside the woman’s womb.
As for the Libertarian mind-set … here we see what Ron and Rand Paul have to say about it:
Anti-abortion Libertarian and former Republican congressman Ron Paul says in “Abortion and Liberty”:
It’s no coincidence that today’s argument over abortion comes at a time when freedom in general is threatened in the United States, as well as in other Western countries. Nor was it accidental that genocide, abortion, and euthanasia were all practiced under Hitler, and that all three characterize totalitarian states. Even today, Communist governments vary their positions on abortion strictly on economic calculations of whether more or fewer slaves are needed.
His main position calls for overturning Roe v. Wade and letting the states decide the issue. Ron Paul’s son, Republican Senator Rand Paul, calls himself “totally pro-life” and supports “any and all legislation that would end abortion or lead us in the direction of ending abortion”. In 2008, the Libertarian Party candidate for President was Bob Barr who has called abortion “murder” and opposed legalized abortion.
I find it interesting …
I find it interesting that people do not want to call a fetus a living human – unless I were to accidently kill a pregnant woman walking across the street (even though she may have been headed to the abortion clinic).
I find it interesting that people will call a micro-organism on the planet Mars “Life” but will not admit that organism in the woman’s womb is also “Life” if the people are on the left.
I find it interesting that people will admit genocide (the deliberate and systematic destruction of racial, political or cultural groups) is wrong and punishable by law – but abortion is okay and a woman’s choice if they are pro choice.
I find it interesting that people will admit that euthanasia (the act or practice of killing or permitting death to hopelessly sick or injured individuals or animals in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy) could be right or wrong – but that abortion is always right if you are on the left or are for pro-choice.
As I said in the beginning. Many of you will have your own opinions that are different from mine – and that is your right. Here is mine:
We don’t need any new gun laws. We need current gun laws to be enforced. It does not matter if it is an assault rifle or a derringer. A gun in the wrong hands can kill – just like a car or van with the wrong driver behind the wheel.
We do need better abortion laws. If a driver can go to jail for killing an unborn baby by accident … then a doctor and a mother (and any one else involved) should be held accountable and go to jail for killing an unborn baby on purpose. Naturally, like anything, there should be exceptions – like killing the baby in self defense of the mother (but that is about the only one).
You have my take … I’d be interested in hearing yours!
Jerry Nix – Freewavemaker, LLC
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