A Horrified Vox Reminds Us That We're at Rookie Numbers When It Comes to Gun Ownership

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Vox is known for being that website you go to when you either need to see what the hard-left is thinking or you accidentally clicked a link someone posted in their article that leads back to it. I posit that there’s a third reason you go there; inspiration.

For instance, take the fact that Vox is doing what all good NPC’s on the left “.exe” when a mass shooting happens and pushing the idea of gun control in some form or another. In this go-round, Vox wants to horrify you by telling you how many guns are actually circulating around America, or something they call “America’s gun problem”:

The US has by far the highest number of privately owned guns in the world. Estimated for 2017, the number of civilian-owned firearms in the US was 120.5 guns per 100 residents, meaning there were more firearms than people. The world’s second-ranked country was Yemen, a quasi-failed state torn by civil war, where there were 52.8 guns per 100 residents, according to an analysis from the 2018 Small Arms Survey.

Another way of looking at that: Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population, yet they own roughly 45 percent of all the world’s privately held firearms.

I read this and I have to admit, I am horrified.

These are some rookie numbers.

How the hell do we have the freest land in the entire world and we’re not all heading to the Kroger for Cheez-Its with a big iron dangling from our hip? 120.5 guns per 100 residents? Is there some reason that’s not at least 300? Do we as free westerners have an excuse for not living out that gun room scene in Boondock Saints every time we step into our front door?

The way I see America’s “gun problem” is the exact opposite of the way Vox sees it. I think America’s gun problem comes from the fact that not enough people carry guns at any given time at any given place. An armed society is a polite one, and I have the numbers to back it up.

For instance, did you know that 98 percent of mass shootings that occurred since the 1950s happened in gun-free zones? Did you know that over a million people in Texas are licensed to carry a firearm and that 0.4 per 100,000 have committed a homicide? Compare that to the .99 per 100,000 homicide rate in jolly ol’ Britain where guns are banned.

The fact is, when there’s a gun present, would-be attackers take a good long while to weigh their action with their life and usually they’ll choose their life.

But back to the numbers — Vox attempts to scare us with the amount of gun ownership in America and really only proves that if America really did have a “gun problem,” it’d know it. There would be shootings everywhere, all the time, and I don’t mean in the sensationalized way the left likes to sell us. I’m talking gunshots going off in the least crime-ridden areas of America. The deaths would be through the roof. Every other American would have an “I had to shoot at someone once” story.

But we don’t. We don’t because the vast majority of legal gun owners are responsible, well-meaning, law-abiding good guys who would only think to draw their weapon at utmost need. Vox wants to paint gun-owning Americans as a potential threat, but the numbers point to the fact that each is a potential guardian.

What we need to do is emphasize training with firearms, not complete distancing. With the number of guns already circulating in the United States and more being bought every time a Democrat so much as glances in their direction, guns are a mainstay in American culture. They’re not going away. It’s cowardly to back down from our own culture at this point.

That’s why I say we need to bump these rookie numbers up and push for a more streamlined gun culture that emphasizes the understanding of rights, laws, and urges training. It would be, by far, the smarter, safer thing to do.

Or we could keep wishing on a star that all the guns in the world disappeared by magic. One seems way more doable and realistic than the other. Doesn’t it?