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December 16, 2016

Statistics

You can quote statistics all damn day but they’re never gonna change my mind. Sure, you can tell me that in the year 2015, 36 Americans were killed by guns on every average day totaling nearly 1000 for the year and I’ll still maintain that my constitutional right to have a gun is more important than protecting people from guns. Or that in the decade between 2005 and 2015, 71 Americans were killed in domestic terrorist attacks with over 300,000 dying by unrelated gun violence and I’ll still be more afraid of terrorism than legally or illegally procured guns. You an tell me that mass shootings account for less than 2% of annual gun deaths and I’ll be even more convinced that I need a gun to defend myself against OTHER PEOPLE WITH GUNS. I’m sad to know that in 2015, over 750 American children were killed by gunfire and I’ll be even surer that I need a gun in my house to wield against someone who might also have a gun. Even knowing that in 2015, on average a toddler in America shoots someone about once a week, I’m sure that I should definitely keep guns in my house. Knowing that Chicago police have been taking one illegal gun off the street every 74 minutes in 2015 convinces me even further that I should keep guns in my home – even though most of these recovered guns were stolen from private homes like mine.

What I’m getting at here is essentially this: to me, a selfish disaster of a human who doesn’t understand the concept of freedom in the first place, MY constitutional right is more important to me than the potential damage my right could do to the people in my family, neighborhood, and community.

I’m saying that I don’t understand the correlation between easy access to guns and the prevalence of gun violence in America and make no effort to understand it or have compassion for those negatively affected by this correlation.

I’m saying that situations like Tyshawn Lee – a 9-year old boy murdered in Chicago by gunshots to the temples – don’t make any different to me because I don’t give a shit about that kid or any other kids killed by illegally procured guns. The gunshot wounds to his head, demonstrating that he’d been killed execution style, had to be sealed with wax for his funeral in which he wore a white tuxedo with a red bow tie and gator skin shoes. His shoes were a size 5.He was murdered in an alley because his father belonged to a rival gang of his killers. And this story doesn’t convince me that guns should be regulated because I don’t give a shit about this kid. His 25-year old mother wore a white dress to the funeral.

Go ahead and find a mobile app developer to create an app for you that will show you all this data. See if that changes your mind.

MY RIGHTS ARE MORE VALUABLE THAN THE LIFE OF THIS 9-YEAR OLD CHILD OR ANY OTHER CHILDREN AND ADULTS IN AMERICA CAUGHT IN THE CROSSHAIRS OF GANG VIOLENCE.