The One Question I Want All Gun Nuts to Answer

I don’t care what side of the debate you’re on, it’s indisputable that the United States is saturated in gun violence. In 2015 alone we saw 13,286 gun related homicides. When it comes to other developed countries around the world, we don’t just lead every single one of them in gun violence — it’s not even close.

But all I ever hear from gun nuts is the worn out cliché, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Or the one that really doesn’t make any sense, “More guns make us safer.”

Think about this logic for a moment. For decades our gun laws were so lax (and still are) that we allowed millions of guns to pour into our streets, right into the hands of criminals.

Now the argument from guns rights activists is that we need more guns to protect us from the guns they helped allow flood into our society, finding their way into the hands of criminals.

The flaws in this “logic” couldn’t be more obvious. Keep pushing for less regulations on guns, causing more and more guns to flood into our society, which undoubtedly results in criminals having easier access to obtaining guns.

And, of course, what’s the answer to deal with the threat of criminals who’ve gotten these guns?  More guns.  

It’s a perpetual cycle.

Right now there’s roughly 300 million guns in the United States. Considering our population is only around 325 million, that’s nearly one gun for every man, woman and child in this country.

So, my question to gun nuts is simple: How many guns is enough to keep us safe?

To answer that question one must ignore the simple math that tells us that the more guns we allow to flow into our neighborhoods, the more gun violence we see.

Yet these gun fanatics constantly claim we need “more guns” to make us safe. Well, what’s the magic number then?  Because we’re damn near at a 1:1 ratio for American citizens and guns, and that sure as hell doesn’t seem to be decreasing gun violence.

400 million? 500 million? A billion?

How many guns will it take to decrease gun violence in the United States?

Wait, I know what some of these gun nuts think. They’re preparing for an overthrow of the government.  Here’s a rule I propose: If you’re someone who honestly believes that you can stage an armed rebellion to overthrow the United States government, you’re too mentally unstable to own guns.

After all, isn’t it gun rights advocates who often talk about mental health being the leading factor to gun violence? Well, any fool that thinks a bunch of people wearing camouflage pants they bought at Walmart and owning a few rifles are going to wage war against the most powerful military that’s ever existed in all of humankind, is out of their damn mind.

But ignoring the lunatics who think we own guns to overthrow our government, I still want to know an answer to my question, how many guns will it take before we see a decrease in gun violence?

That’s all I’m asking.

Because that’s generally what many gun nuts claim will “make us safer,” right?

Of course, that’s complete nonsense.

One of the most recent massacres happened in Las Vegas happened which resides in the very pro-gun state of Nevada where open carry is legal. Where were the “good guys with guns” to prevent/deter this madman from killing 58 people and wounding over 500 others?

Now we have reports that at least 27 have died in a mass shooting at a church in Texas, another very pro-gun state home to millions of gun owners who are legally allowed to openly carry firearms.

How did guns deter either of those shootings? Where were the “good guys with guns” to save these lives? How would more guns have prevented either of these tragedies?

Another example that debunks pro-gun propaganda occurred just a few weeks ago when members of Congress were fired upon in Virginia, another very pro-gun state. Not only is it legal to openly carry guns there — without a permit, I should add — but armed Capitol Police officers were on location protecting the lawmakers. Yet that didn’t deter a crazy person from opening fire on their softball practice, nearly killing Rep. Steve Scalise.

Though I know better than to try to use common sense or reason when dealing with gun fanatics — neither ever register with people who are in denial about how wrong they are about something.

These are people who seem to think we need to go back to the days of the wild west when everyone had a gun holstered to their hip. Apparently they think gun violence was low back in those days.

Except, if you read look back through history, one of the first things many law enforcement officials did to clean up some of these towns (because of out of control gun violence) was ban the carrying of firearms within town limits.

However, now these gun fanatics want a return to something that even in the 1800’s they knew was a problem.

It makes absolutely no sense.

Though this all brings me back to my question, with around 300 million guns in this country (probably more), and gun violence that continues to lead every developed nation on Earth — how many guns will it take before “good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns?”

Because what reality actually tells us is that more guns actually lead to more violence and death — not less.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter or Facebook to let me know what you think.

*A small amount of information was added to this article on 11/5/2017 to reflect events that occurred after it was originally published.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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