Firearms Are Neither Malevolent Nor Benevolent

Guns and chairs have much in common. Neither will complain about the user. Neither carries a grudge nor has an agenda. Both are inanimate objects and pose no danger to us if properly used.

If like me, you are interested in living a long, healthy life, you will want to know the risks to avoid. Start with the CDC FastStats to learn the 10 leading causes of death in the United States.

  1. Heart disease: 696,962
  2. Cancer: 602,350
  3. COVID-19: 350,831
  4. Accidents (unintentional injuries): 200,955
  5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 160,264
  6. Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 152,657
  7. Alzheimer’s disease: 134,242
  8. Diabetes: 102,188
  9. Influenza and pneumonia: 53,544
  10. Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 52,547

Where on the CDC list are deaths by firearms?

16. Homicide, intentional (murder and suicide), and unintentional accidents are usually lumped together to make firearms a greater threat to the American public. In the USA, there were 17,754 murders in 2020. As a stand-alone number, this is a large sum. But, in the context of 332,602,290 people living in the USA, 17 thousand is a drop in the statistical ‘bucket’.

The actual culprit, the person or persons responsible for the murder by guns in the big cities of America are the people governing those cities.

Cities that broke all-time murder records are Albuquerque, NM, Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baton Rouge, LA, Columbus, OH, Indianapolis, IN, Jackson, MS, Louisville, KY, Macon, GA, Milwaukee, WI, New Haven, CT, Philadelphia, PA, Portland, OR, Rochester, NY, St. Paul, MN, and Tucson, AZ. All these cities have one thing in common, Democrat mayors.

Independent Sentinel, December 31, 2021: All 16 cities with record high homicides in 2021 have Democrat mayors

Regarding the call for gun-control legislation wanted by Dr. BindiNaik-Mathuria of the Baylor Medical system in Houston, a quick look at the U.S. Constitution tells you all you need to know.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, as is the original text of the Constitution. As per Article VI, any legislation, court opinion, or treaty that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms is unconstitutional.

The U.S. Constitution does not exist to further empower the federal government; it expressly limits the powers of the federal government. Any power not described among the enumerated powers of the federal government in Article I, Section 8. To be clear, the necessary and proper clause of this article does not supersede or alter the federal limitation of the phrase “…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Do remember how the Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution by the Founding Fathers to prevent our country from becoming like Great Britain, China, Australia, Canada, or any other country where the power of a central government is greater than the power of the people. The role of the Bill of Rights is to protect us from our government.

Government policies are killing more Americans than all the legal firearms owned by our people.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Published by John White

A lifetime (over 50 years) of experiences with automation and control systems ranging from aerospace navigation, radar, and ordinance delivery systems to the world's first robotic drilling machine for the oil patch, to process-control systems, energy management systems and general problem-solving. At present, my focus is on self-funding HVAC retrofit projects and indoor air quality with a view to preventing infections from airborne pathogens.

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