As a nation, there has been much discussion lately regarding gun laws, gun rights, and sorrow that has been felt as a result of recently publicized shootings. There is no doubt that death by firearms is a preventable event. We can educate on gun safety and screen people prior to purchasing guns. We can even spend up the national debt putting more resources into mental health and changing laws to restrict more citizens.
I personally researched the following statistics and am presenting this. I do not belong to any political organizations or lobbying organizations. I have no hidden agenda. I am simply a law abiding citizen of the US who can read and interpret data.
The Centers for Disease Control records data of causes of death from all reported causes in the United States. The data from the year 2009 is their most recently completed and published statistics and therfore the following numbers are from 2009.
Deaths by abortion in the United States for 2009 was 784,507. Homicide by firearms was 11,078. Deaths of US service members in Afghanistan and Iraq was 466.
Let’s take another look at these figures. Total Coalition deaths for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001-2013 as reported by icasualties.org was 8,062.
In 2009, there were 772,963 more deaths by abortion in the US than deaths by firearms in the US and service members dying in a combat zone combined.
It is safer to be a service member or contractor in a combat zone and to live in a free country where citizens have the right to bear arms as provided by our founding fathers than it is to be an unborn child in the United States.
We can continue to allow our appointed congressional members to follow the hype, listen to the biased news organizations on television, cable, and satellite. We can continue to listen to the rhetoric of our elected executive as he pushes his own agenda. Or we can use the minds that God gave us and look at the real numbers.
Once upon a time when I was in Afghanistan, an Afghan soldier stepped on a land mine. His body was ripped to pieces. There was nothing left except chunks. I saw feral dogs eating what was left of a human being. A few minutes before, he was a precious human, loved by someone, trying to protect his country and his family. Several minutes later, he was eaten and drank by dogs.
If killing a person is a bad thing, if killing by guns is evil, then what about killing unborn-innocent children? Or is that interrupting your right to choose? Is that an inconvenience to take away that right? Then why inconvenience those in our country who follow the laws, purchase, own, and maintain firearms?
I ask that we all think for ourselves and not be persuaded by emotion. The deaths at Sandy Hook and other shootings are tragic. But let us not forget we have a moral obligation to protect those who cannot care for themselves. Be it an elderly person with dementia and has lost the ability to control their bowel and bladder, an autistic child playing in a neighborhood street, or an unborn child, we must look out for and protect those who cannot protect themselves. I ask that as a nation we reconsider our priorities. Pray and mourn for those we have lost. Let us rebuild hope in our lives and see the positive potential in every person. Nobody wants their own life to be taken away from them. Each life is precious. Let us not take life away from others before their life has even had a chance to take a full breath.