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Would Banning Guns Really Help Our Society?

December 16th, 2012

Michael Snyder: What in the world is happening to America?  I have written many articles about how society is crumbling right in front of our eyes, but now it is getting to the point where people are going to be afraid to go to school or go shopping at the mall.  Just consider what has happened over the past week.  Adam Lanza savagely murdered 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  42-year-old Marcus Gurrola threatened to shoot innocent shoppers and fired off more than 50 rounds in the parking lot of Fashion Island Mall in Newport Beach, California.  After police apprehended him, he told them that he “was unhappy with life”.  Earlier in the week, a crazy man wearing a hockey mask and armed with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire on the second floor of a mall in Happy Valley, Oregon.  He killed two people and injured a third.  On Saturday morning, a lone gunman walked into a hospital in Alabama and opened fire.  He killed one police officer and two hospital employees before being gunned down by another police officer.  So have we now reached the point where every school, every mall and every hospital is going to need armed security?  How will society function efficiently if everyone is constantly worried about mass murderers?

In response to the horrible tragedy in Connecticut, many in the mainstream media are suggesting that much stricter gun laws are the obvious solution.

After all, if we get rid of all the guns these crazy people won’t be able to commit these kinds of crimes, right?

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Unfortunately, that is not how it works.  The criminals don’t obey gun control laws.  Banning guns will just take them out of the hands of law-abiding American citizens that just want to protect their own families.

Adam Lanza didn’t let the strict gun control laws up in Connecticut stop him from what he wanted to do.  Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, and Adam Lanza broke at least three of them.

However, if there had been some armed security officers or some armed teachers at that school, they may have had a chance to protect those dear little children from being brutally gunned down.

If gun control was really the solution to our problems, then cities that have implemented strict gun control laws should be some of the safest in the entire country.

But sadly, just the opposite is true.

For example, Chicago has very strict gun laws.  But 10 people were shot in the city of Chicago on Friday alone.  Chicago is now considered to be “the deadliest global city“, and the murder rate in Chicago is about 25 percenthigher than it was last year.

So has gun control turned Chicago into a utopia?

Of course not.

And it won’t solve our problems on a national level either.

You can find more statistics about the futility of gun control right here.

Well, how would things be if we did just the opposite and everyone had a gun?

Would gun crime go through the roof?

That is what liberals were warning of when the city of Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring every home to have a gun.  But instead of disaster, the results turned out to be very impressive

In March 1982, 25 years ago, the small town of Kennesaw – responding to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Ill. – unanimously passed an ordinance requiring each head of household to own and maintain a gun. Since then, despite dire predictions of “Wild West” showdowns and increased violence and accidents, not a single resident has been involved in a fatal shooting – as a victim, attacker or defender.

The crime rate initially plummeted for several years after the passage of the ordinance, with the 2005 per capita crime rate actually significantly lower than it was in 1981, the year before passage of the law.

Prior to enactment of the law, Kennesaw had a population of just 5,242 but a crime rate significantly higher (4,332 per 100,000) than the national average (3,899 per 100,000). The latest statistics available – for the year 2005 – show the rate at 2,027 per 100,000. Meanwhile, the population has skyrocketed to 28,189.

When criminals know that everyone has guns, they are much less likely to try something.  And often armed citizens are able to prevent potential mass murderers from doing more damage.  You can find several examples of this right here.

But of course most of our politicians are not interested in common sense.  Instead, they are obsessed with the idea that gun control will make our country “safe” again.

Senator Diane Feinstein says that she is ready to introduce a strict gun control bill in January that will “ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession” of many types of firearms.

Will such a law keep the criminals from getting guns?

No way.  Just look at what is happening with the cartels down in Mexico.  The criminals are always able to get guns.

If our “leaders” were really interested in stopping these mass murders, they would take a look at the role that mind-altering pharmaceutical drugs play in these incidents.  If you look at the mass murders that have occurred over the past several decades, in the vast majority of them the murderer had been using mind-altering pharmaceutical drugs

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has raised concerns about severe acts of violence as side effects of anti-psychotic and antidepressant drugs not only on individuals but on society as well.

Just a month ago PRWeb described drug induced violence as ”medicine’s best kept secret.” 

And the Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHRI) is calling for a federal investigation on its web page which links no less than 14 mass killings to the use of psychiatric drugs such as Prozac and Paxil.

And guess what?

According to the Washington Post, one neighbor says that Adam Lanza was “on medication”.

But will our politicians ever consider a law against such drugs?

Of course not.  The big corporations that produce those drugs give mountains of money to the campaign funds of our politicians.

So the focus of the debate will remain on guns.

And a lot of liberals would have us believe that our society could be transformed into some type of “utopia” if we could just get rid of all the guns.

Unfortunately, that is simply not true.  Our society is in an advanced state of moral decay, and this moral decay is manifesting in our society in thousands of different ways.  The corruption runs from the highest levels of society all the way down to the lowest.

For those that believe that gun control would somehow “fix America”, I have some questions for you…

Down in Texas, one set of parents kept their 10-year-old son locked in a bedroom and only fed him bread and water for months.  Eventually he died of starvation and they dumped his body in a creek.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

A pastor in north Texas was recently assaulted by an enraged man who beat him to death with an electric guitar.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

Police up in New Jersey say that a man kept his girlfriend padlocked in a bedroom for most of the last 10 years.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

A 31-year-old man up in Canada was found guilty of raping an 8-year-old girl, breaking 16 of her bones and smashing her in the face with a hammer.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

According to the FBI, a New York City police officer is being accused of “planning the kidnap, rape, torture and cannibilization of a number of women”.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

A Secret Service officer that had been assigned to protect Joe Biden’s residence has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

Over in Texas, a very sick 29-year-old man stabbed his girlfriend to death and then burned his one-year-old baby alive because she had gone to court and filed for child support.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

Over in Utah, a 21-year-old man is accused of stabbing his grandmother 111 times and then removing her organs with a knife.

Would banning guns have kept that from happening?

There are more than 3 million reports of child abuse in the United States every single year.

Would banning guns keep that from happening?

An average of five children die as a result of child abuse in the United States every single day.

Would banning guns keep that from happening?

The United States has the highest child abuse death rate on the entire globe.

Would banning guns keep that from happening?

It is estimated that 500,000 Americans that will be born this year will be sexually abused before they turn 18.

Would banning guns keep that from happening?

In the United States today, it is estimated that one out of every four girls is sexually abused before they become adults.

Would banning guns keep that from happening?

If there was a way to take all of the guns away from all of the criminals, I would be all in favor of it.  Unfortunately, no government on the planet has been able to do that.

Instead, we have seen that criminals thrive whenever gun bans are instituted and the guns are taken away from law-abiding citizens.

But the bottom line is that our social decay will not be solved either by more guns or less guns.

Our social decay is the result of decades of bad decisions.  We have pushed morality out of our schools, out of government and out of almost every aspect of public life.  Now we are experiencing the bitter fruit of those decisions.

And this is not a problem that our government is going to be able to fix.  Violent crime increased by 18 percent in 2011, and this is just the beginning.

As our economy gets even worse, the rot and decay that have been eating away the foundations of America are going to become even more evident.  The number of Americans living in poverty grows with each passing day, and millions upon millions of people are becoming very desperate.

Desperate people do desperate things, and crime, rioting and looting are going to become commonplace in the United States in the years ahead.

So you can pretend that the government is going to be able to keep our society from crumbling all you want, but that is not going to help you when a gang of desperate criminals has invaded your home and is attacking your family.

We definitely should mourn for the victims in Connecticut.  It was a horrible national tragedy.

But this is just the beginning.  The fabric of our society is coming apart at the seams.  The feeling of safety and security that we all used to take for granted has been shattered, and the streets of America are going to steadily become much more dangerous.

I hope that you are ready.

Written By Michael Snyder

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia and a law degree from the University of Florida law school.   He also has an LLM from the University of Florida law school. Michael has worked for some of the largest law firms in Washington D.C., but now is mostly focused on trying to make a difference in the world.


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  1. john byrne
    December 19th, 2012 at 17:55 | #1

    Ita amazing that our government wants to control guns as a means of controlling deaths annually. But where are there figures comming from. Its posted the amount of deaths by autos are far greater as 35 to 1 ratio, but we arent banning cars as the government is run by the auto industry. They have been allowed to go unattended as the world watches but the secret society of our government rules the issues. I may sound like a deranged heritic or looney but priive me wrong in finding how many peole have been quited or dissappeared after standing up to our government. If we need to publicize the issues lets compare the ratios. Lets let the people decide, not our crooked polliticians that make decisions of and for their own personal gains. Whic these things arent allowed to be publicized. homeland security is in place becasue the politicians are afrais of the truth that they dont want anyone to have guns. yet ists ok to have a car to kill so there fore they approve the killing by autos but not guns. Do guns kill people or do people kill people. How about cars dothey do thje dame. a staionary objects stays idle untill moved and so do guns and autos. So we are denied the constituition right afforded us by our forefathers. The constitution has been changed in ways only to assist the politicians and used as smoke and mirrors to obtain not for the people or by the people but rather, to the people and at the people.
    remember enron, did they protect the citizens who lost everything. If you claim bankruptcy can you get total assistance from out government. So is now are government a self serg=ving or do they pprotect us as the original constitution sys they are supposed to do.

  2. Paris
    December 18th, 2012 at 10:54 | #2


    by Clare Kuehn

    1) As yet, we have not seen any concrete evidence that any child died.

    2) As yet, parents have not been allowed to see their children. (Photoshopped pictures do
    not count.)

    3) As of now, I have seen only one unambiguous statement from a grieving parent (Robbie

    4) According to the official story, Adam Lanza was found with his older brother’s ID, and it
    was not stolen. However, older brother Ryan – who officials say is very cooperative – claims
    not to have even seen his brother since 2010. Where would Adam get this ID? And why does
    such use not qualify as a theft?

    5) According to the official story, Adam Lanza was wearing a black outfit with a mask and
    bulletproof vest. Why would he want to hide his identity, and why would he wear a
    bulletproof vest, if he planned to kill himself?

    6) The medical examiner asserts that all wounds were caused by a rifle or other long weapon,
    and police/FBI say that the school was littered with .223 (rifle) casings. But Adam Lanza was
    found dead in the school with only handguns – a rifle was found in the trunk of his car. But
    then he could not possibly have been firing the rifle, and could not have committed the
    murders. Who did?

    7) According to the official story, the killing was tightly confined to two classrooms. But then
    why were so many children told to close their eyes while leaving the building?

    8 ) Joanne Didonato, the principal’s secretary, called in sick on Friday – something she rarely
    does. So presumably, she must have been awfully ill. Yet she then felt well enough to give
    an interview. “Of all days,” she said, emphasizing the strange coincidence.

    9) The hospital went into lockdown and cleared four trauma rooms, but received only three
    patients, two of them dead children(according to the official story) and one mildly wounded

    10) Why were there such persistent reports that Mrs. Lanza was a kindergarten teacher, and
    that she died at the school, when the new official story is that she was not connected to the
    school and was killed at home?

    11) What happened to the report that Adam Lanza’s girlfriend and another friend were
    missing in New Jersey?

    12) What happened to the woodsman in a black jacket and camo pants who was arrested
    and handcuffed outside the school? He actually shouted to parents, “It wasn’t me.” Who was
    he and what was he doing there?

    13) What happened to the dark van or SUV that the police surrounded in the parking lot, or
    the maroon sedan with a blown-out back window they were on the lookout for?

    14) The official story is that Nancy Lanza was a gun collector who obeyed the law. But since
    20-year-olds are not permitted to buy guns or ammo or carry guns in Connecticut, why
    would she give her “autistic” son access to both guns and ammo?

    15) Why were parents told on Friday that “if you haven’t been reunited with your child by now it’s already over”?
    Does anyone imagine that real parents of real children would simply say, “Okay, the show’s over, let’s go home now”?

    16) Would real parents of real children really be satisfied with (possibly photoshopped)
    pictures of their children? Wouldn’t they demand to see their children one last time firsthand?

    17) According to the official story, 28 people died but only 1 was wounded. The dead
    included 20 small, squirmy children – difficult targets even for professionals. How could Adam
    Lanza achieve such amazingly deadly accuracy, in such a short length of time?

    18 ) A child asserts that he/she heard someone say, “Put your hands up,” followed by the
    reply, “Don’t shoot.” This indicates that the police took a suspect into custody inside the
    school. But if that was Adam Lanza, how did he kill himself after that point?

    19) Another child asserts that he/she saw a man pinned down to the ground with handcuffs
    on. Again, this indicates that the police took a suspect into custody. If that was Adam Lanza,
    how did he then kill himself?

    20) When Ryan Lanza was falsely identified as the shooter, who deleted his Facebook profile
    and created many others in his name?

    21) Is it reasonable for a geeky 20-year-old to carry two pistols and hundreds of rounds of
    ammunition while wearing a bulletproof vest and a mask?

    22) Why did the police say on Friday that they were going to leave the bodies rotting in the
    school until Sunday, then Saturday morning announce that they had spirited the bodies away
    in the middle of the night? Perhaps to ensure that the transport, if any, would go unrecorded
    on photos or video?

    23) Why won’t police tell us where they found the Henry repeating rifle, the Enfield rifle, and
    the shotgun?

    24) Did the school have one or more security cameras? What do they show?

    25) Why did a police officer specifically mention, on radio, that “they’re coming at me
    through this wood,” followed by a fellow officer saying, “This is it”?

    26) One officer in the school said, “We’ve got one suspect down.” Who was that? Down in
    this situation generally means in custody(on the ground and cuffed), not dead.

    27) Why didn’t Adam’s uncle see anything out of the ordinary in Adam when the two saw
    each other in June?

    28 ) Why is Adam Lanza reported to be a loner when a teenager said (oxymoronically),
    “[Lanza and his friends] always gathered alone in a corner in school”?

    29) Why did police assign an individual state trooper to every grieving family, whether the
    family wants such “protection” or not?

    30) Why are Ryan Lanza and his roommates still in custody, and why are the police
    pretending that it’s for their own benefit?

    31) Is it a coincidence that Nancy Lanza’s brother is Kingston Police Officer James Champion,
    who lives next door to the former Lanza home?

    32) Since the alleged shooter’s father is VP of GE Capital, and (like “Batman shooter” James Holmes’s father) was scheduled to testify at the Senate Hearings on the LIBOR scandal, is there a LIBOR connection to this event?”

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