In the United States, we have no more cars than people. We have no more television than people. We have no more radios than people. We no longer have cell phones from people.
What we have is more rifles than people.
A recent report published by the Small Arms Survey in Geneva, Switzerland, finds that there are more than 393 million firearms in this country. We have a population of 326 million. This means that there are 120.5 firearms for every 100 U.S. citizens, according to the Washington Post . This is a fact. If every single person in the United States owned a gun, including babies, the elderly and infirm people ̵
The number of weapons possessed by civilians is indifference, obscenity, a sign that this country has lost its collective consciousness. But not for the National Rifle Association. It's not for gun owners in America, another major gun lobby organization with more than two million members, which is often critical of the NRA for being too soft about gun rights. These well-funded lobbies for gun makers and gun owners have long taken the position that what we need is more guns, not less. They say more guns equals less crime, despite FBI statistics showing that violent crime, and especially crime involving firearms, is higher per capita in areas with more weapons.
You need guns to protect yourself and your property, these groups tell us. If more people had more weapons, criminals would be less likely to commit crimes because they would not know who was armed and ready to defend themselves.
"The only way to stop a bad man with a gun is to have a good man with a gun," NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said after killing at a Sandy Hook school in Connecticut, killing 20 children and six school staff. He said the same again after the Parkland, Florida massacre at a school that left 17 students and teachers dead. This became the NRA's favorite myth.
The "good man with a gun" theory is their rationale behind arming teachers. This is the argument they have for all the so-called "outdoor laws". At this point, 31 states allow people to openly carry a firearm in a public place without a license. Another 15 allow open carry with some form of government-issued license. All 50 states allow people to carry concealed firearms with various forms of restriction and licensing. The idea is, the more 'good guys with a gun', the better.
According to ABC News "There have been at least 19 deadly mass shootings in the United States so far." There were two mass shootings last month in one day, August 3. The first, in El Paso, Texas, was at Walmart. Twenty-two people were killed and 24 were injured. That night in Dayton, Ohio, 10 people were killed and another 17 were injured in a shooting that happened in less than 30 seconds. On August 31, a shooter in Odessa, Texas, killed 7 people and injured 25, including three police officers.
None of the 19 mass shootings this year were stopped by a "good man with a gun," an armed civilian. Police shot "bad guys with a gun" in Dayton and Odessa. In Dayton, they needed 66 shots to bring down the killer. They fired 40 .45 caliber rounds, 16 rounds. 233 mm ammunition and one rifle. The killer took only 40 rounds to kill seven and wounded 17 with his AR-15 weapon. The alleged shooter in El Paso somehow escaped dozens of responding police officers before surrendering.
Both Texas and Ohio allow open carry with unlicensed firearms, yet there was no civilian "good man with a gun" anywhere to stop the carnage amid panic and chaos. An armed US soldier with a concealed carry license in El Paso pulled out his weapon before deciding to escape safely from the kids' escape from the mall.
You have probably heard most of the arguments against these open carry laws. How will cops responding to an active shooter incident understand who the shooter is and who is just a passerby carrying a gun? What will happen in a crowded shop like Walmart, when there is finally a shootout between a killer and a "good guys with guns?" Will not many innocent bystanders be killed? If well-trained, heavily armed police cannot kill an active shooter with less than 66 bullets, how can we expect an armed school teacher to do so?
It's crazy. Every mass shooting proves how crazy she is. Can you imagine what it must have been like in El Paso Valmart or outside the bar in Dayton or on the street in Odessa? The guns were leaving. People all around you were hit, wounded, dying, bleeding. Even if you carry a gun, what would you do?
Hide. Stand behind something. Run. That's what I would do. That's what the people in El Paso, Dayton and Odessa did.
These mass shootings are acts of terrorism. People are terrorized, scared to death. They are trying to stay alive.
In a country with more guns than men, the myth of the "good man with a gun" is indecent. It's a lie. Guns don't save us. They're killing us.