The Overblown Case for Gun Control


Have you heard about the Trayvon Martin case?  Well, who hasn’t!  The case has been given round-the-clock news media coverage.

It is a tragic chain of events that has left all of us wondering what really happened or did not happen on that fateful night when a neighborhood watchman shot a “suspicious” looking man wearing a “hoodie.” Deepening the mystery, is the fact that an NBC producer was fired over “editing” some of the dialogue between the 911 Operator and the shooter, Robert Zimmerman.

Sadly, whatever happened that night, the fact remains that one man is dead and another one is trying to defend his actions.

This tragedy has once again raised questions about the Second Amendment, one of the first ten amendments which comprise the United States Bill of Rights. It protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms.

In the United States of America there are approximately 235,000,000 civilians who own firearms (handguns, rifles, and shotguns).

The total number of accidental deaths per year (all causes) is estimated at 96,000.

Persons killed in motor vehicles account for approximately 43,000 deaths.

The total number of fatal firearms accidents per year is only about 1,100 cases.

Where is the outcry to ban cars, when the statistics show that you are at a greater risk of being killed in a motor vehicle accident on your way to grab a cup of coffee at Starbucks than you are from being shot by a civilian who owns a gun?

Yet if one person dies in an isolated  gun-related incident, the headlines scream “we need to have more gun control.”

What we need is more facts in the Trayvon Martin case and less “hysteria” by those who misconstrue the evidence in the case.

Gun-ownership has been a part of my family heritage, as I’m sure it has been for many of you reading this article. I was taught that a gun has two purposes; one is for hunting and the other one is self-defense.

Passing down a “family heirloom” in my family meant getting the privilege of possessing “great-grampa’s” shotgun, which, by the way, hung over the doorway in the family homestead as far back as anyone can remember.

Your average law-abiding citizen will never aim his/her gun at another human being. What really happened in the Trayvon Martin case is yet to be discovered. If Robert Zimmerman is guilty of poor-judgment, which led to the death of Trayvon Martin, then he should go to jail.  All guns should not be taken away from 235,000,000 people because of one mans fatal decision.

And before any of us “jump to conclusions,” we need to allow the police and prosecutors to do their jobs, find out what happened and, if evidence dictates, then we try the case in the court of law and not in the media.

Those who seek “gun control” need to realize that this case is about a man named Robert Zimmerman and not about putting the Second Amendment on trial because of one man’s yet-to-be-determined actions.