As twue Conservatives (yes, the spelling is intentional) racist bigot Andrew Schlafly and his goon squad over at the 3rd rate right-wing hate blog, Conservapedia, have massive hardons for guns. If it isn’t Schlafly fantasizing about everybody in the US of A carrying a “defensive weapon of gun” – to use a phrase he coined – and thus being able to blow away anybody who even thinks about launching a mass-shooting spree, then it’s fellow sysops Brian Macdonald and John Patti, who probably lie awake at night, getting all sweaty at the thought of blowing away Conservapedia’s critics (i.e. everybody else on the planet), or putting a few high-powered rounds through Obama’s head.
I’m not kidding about Schlafly’s position either. He seems to genuinely believe that every shooting spree… which is cause by people having easy access to guns… would be stopped, because passersby would simply whip out their own sidearm and turn into instant snipers. Even after the unfortunate incident a few years ago in Akihabara, where a guy drove a truck into a crowded street and, Schlafly claimed that it would never have happened if people had shot the driver beforehand.
So it was with a sense of glee that I came across an article in Cracked that put it all into perspective. Simply put, more people were struck by lightning in the US of A last year, than successfully used a firearm to stop a crime in process.
Don’t believe me?
Ok then, have a look at this:
- Average number of reported lightning-related deaths and injuries per year = 280 (the estimated actual = 400 cases per year)
- “private citizens justifiably killed 278 people during the commission of a crime“
I have no idea where I’m going with this post, so I’ll stop here. Before I do, here’s a fun little stat concerning the number of murders, grouped by weapon:
|% of Total:||66.99%||66.89%||67.52%|
But as the late, great Bill Hicks once said:
There’s no connection between having a gun and shooting someone with it, and not having a gun and not shooting someone.