More guns = more death is simplistic logical fallacy… a false choice.
“in approximately 8 out of 10 cases, the perpetrator was not a lawful gun owner but rather in illegal possession of a weapon that belonged to someone else”
Correlations and causes are different beasts…
Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train A Comin’
The question is not how we eliminate guns, steering wheels, steak knives, drugs, ropes and explosives. This misdirection misses the point and confuses the issue. We can reduce suicides and homicides by addressing causes:
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and their website also has an online chat feature. You can contact them anytime if you’re worried that you or someone you know may be in crisis.”
“But in the end one needs more courage to live than to kill himself.”
In America, militarized police have been given permission to murder at will, without accountability. And leaders at the helm export terror, munitions and unprovoked wars of aggression abroad. No other nation on earth, except perhaps Israel and Saudi Arabia, is engaged in wanton aggression and ignoring the rule of law. This unprovoked violence trickles-down until we are surrounded by hate.
We must focus on root causes.
Police officers killed 1,129 people in 2017. And we refuse to hold them accountable.
Julia Moody Police Blues (1925)
More people died from police violence in 2017 than the total number of U.S. soldiers killed in action around the globe (21). More people died at the hands of police in 2017 than the number of black people who were lynched in the worst year of Jim Crow (161 in 1892). Cops killed more Americans in 2017 than terrorists did (four). They killed more citizens than airplanes (13 deaths worldwide), mass shooters (428 deaths) and Chicago’s “top gang thugs” (675 Chicago homicides).
Yet only 12 officers were charged with a crime related to a shooting death.
Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren’t lawful,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.”
Charles Mingus, “Tensions”, album Blues & roots, 1959
Here are ten ways to reduce killings and suicides in America:
1. Hold police accountable.
2. Shut down unprovoked wars of aggression.
3. Restore civil rights and the rule of law
4. Establish universal, nonprofit health care for everyone.
5. Repair dysfunctional schools.
6. Provide 4 years of free college at state schools.
7. Invest in peace, people and planet Earth.
8. No fear, compromise or surrender
10 Build a sustainable future.
The rest is commentary.
Some people are so afraid they cannot find the courage to debunk the junk and face facts. And increasing numbers don’t want to know truths which may be too terrible to bear.
But so far war trumps peace, aggression spreads and myths abound. Too many live in personal fictions and find facts too great a burden to bear.
― Philip K. Dick,
“Perhaps the saddest irony of depression is that suicide happens when the patient gets a little better and can again function sufficiently.”
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