Are Gun Bans Really The Answer?

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Every time I watch a media news anchor, D.C. pundit or other alleged expert interview a victim or bemoan the fact that something needs to be done to control gun violence in America, my blood boils.  It’s not the fact that something needs to be done, I’m all for that. It’s what they never report and what they don’t tell you about the problem. This withholding of information, in my view, borders on a criminal act!

Let me show you what I mean. The population of the U.S. is approximately 300,000,000 the population of Canada is approximately 33,000,000. Canada’s population is about 10% of the U.S.

The FBI has estimated there are about 200,000,000 firearms in the U.S.  Of course the news anchors and experts will tell you that’s because it’s way to easy to get a gun in America. The number of guns in the U.S. is about two thirds of the U.S. population number. What about Canada? The National Firearms Association has estimated there are about 21,000,000 firearms in Canada. That’s about two thirds of the Canadian population number. And guess what, you can get a gun just about anywhere in Canada. It’s a gun loving country. Everybody has a firearm in Canada.

All these numbers, if you look closely, have close ratios: Canadian population is about 10% of the U.S, Number of guns in both countries is about two thirds of their respective population. What about cultural differences? Sorry can’t help you there. Canadians watch the same Hollywood movies we do, their kids play the same violent video and computer games our kids play. Yet firearm homicide rates between the two nations are off the scale, not even close.

Firearm homicides in the United States in 2009

Number of deaths: 11,493

Firearm homicides in the Canada in 2009

Number of deaths: 179

Wait a minute something is seriously wrong here isn’t it? For there to be any parity Canadian firearm homicides would have to be 10 times their current rate to match the U.S. but, hey kids, they aren’t.

Well there is one more element that’s never discussed. Most of the mass murderers in the U.S. were using prescription psychotropic drugs when they engaged in these murders..  What does that tell you? Well common sense would tell you that a person who has the capacity to kill another human being without any provocation is clearly not playing with a full deck. If they are or were seeking medical help for depression or other behavioral problems, the recommended common treatment is drug therapy. In the U.S. the three most prescribed drugs for depression are Zoloft, Lexapro and Prozak. They are all SSRI, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They supposedly have a proactive impact on the body through boosting serotonin levels, which is supposed to help these conditions. It all sounds good, however, one of the biggest concerns is that these drugs are over-prescribed which unnecessarily subjects patients to severe adverse side effects and possible withdrawal symptoms. It has been reported that suicidal thoughts and increased aggression are tied to the use and overuse of these drugs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at the numbers here and conclude that there might be a connection between these medications and the rise in these mass killings. Why isn’t anyone talking about this? One good reason might be that the pharmaceutical drug companies are an extremely powerful force in this country and don’t like negative press.

Here is a YouTube video that addresses this very issue.  Watch and process.     Click Here To Watch YouTube Video

So is banning firearms going to help? No, because there are some major cultural problems in this country that need to be addressed. Banning guns is not going to help that. If bans occur without addressing the root cause of the problem it’s guaranteed to make things worse.

So don’t get mad at the guns. Don’t get mad at the people who own the guns. Get furious at the news people, experts and government officials who are lying to you and trying to mold your opinion and, in my view, have a hidden agenda on this issue.

© Richard Woodling 2012