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The Hypocrisy of the Gun Debate

Since last week’s Parkland, FL high school shooting, we have witnessed how the agenda of the left is being lived out through the news coverage. In fact, even rich and powerful celebrities are contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars to the March for Our Lives student march in Washington, DC.

What I find so hypocritical is all this attention on gun control, when there is a much greater killer in our midst, yet there has been no call for us to ban it. Alcohol kills thousands of people every year on our nation’s highways, and all that is called for is the prosecution of the drunk driver. There is no call for the repeal of alcohol sales in America. Why? Because our society has grown accustomed to alcohol usage and the expectation is for personal responsibility.

Why is it that we can’t get to that point in gun control? We don’t punish all alcohol users because someone chooses to drink and drive. In the same manner we shouldn’t punish all gun owners because there is some mental health issue within a select few who want to kill others.

The CDC says the following about this huge problem of driving and drinking:

  • In 2015, 10,265 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (29%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
  • Of the 1,132 traffic deaths among children ages 0 to 14 years in 2015, 209 (16%) involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • In 2015, nearly 1.1 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. That’s one percent of the 111 million self-reported episodes of alcohol-impaired driving among U.S. adults each year.
  • Drugs other than alcohol (legal and illegal) are involved in about 16% of motor vehicle crashes.5
  • Marijuana use is increasing and 13% of nighttime, weekend drivers have marijuana in their system.7
  • Marijuana users were about 25% more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers with no evidence of marijuana use, however other factors – such as age and gender – may account for the increased crash risk among marijuana users.

According to the National Highway Safety board, there were 1,031 drunk driving fatalities in 2016. These fatalities account for 10% of the drunk driving fatalities in the U.S. So, my point is that there are more deaths among young people on our roads due to drinking and driving then there are in school shootings. I am not trying to minimize school shootings, but this current emphasis is so driven by the gun control advocates.

More needs to be done in common sense gun control, but let’s stop blaming the guns for these deaths, let’s put the blame on the person like we do in alcohol related deaths. As it has been said millions of times, “guns do not kill people, people kill people.”

I have a proposal: as a gun advocate, I would be willing to say let’s ban all guns, only if we are willing to ban all alcohol sales. Of course that won’t happen, and besides we tried banning alcohol in the 1920’s and people just went underground with their drinking. I am also convinced that we would find the same would be true if we ban guns or certain type of guns from the public. This political hype of “saving kids from school shootings” is not a gun control issue. It is our communities coming together in proactive ways to protect our schools. We will never, never, never, stop guns from getting into the hands of deranged people and it will not matter what laws are passed. Let’s wise up and have an intelligent conversation about protecting our kids, rather than jumping to an agenda of gun control that will produce absolutely nothing.

Psalm 91:1-16 

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, ...

Proverbs 19:23 

The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K


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