With all the hoopla about gun violence I thought I’d check to see what else needs to be regulated in order to help stop all those needless deaths (are there needful deaths?).
My plan (below) is modeled off H.R. 127 To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition. (introduced by Ms. Jackson Lee of Texas’ 18th congressional district) and former NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s restrictions on the size sodas people can purchase. I’m sure they both only want to help people live healthier, happier lives. 😊 My plan will expand on theirs.
1) Gun Deaths
Between 1999-2016, the average number of gun deaths per year was 31,808
a. Suicides: 58.8%
b. Homicides: 37.2%
c. Other: 4% (includes legal intervention, i.e., shot by Police or other law enforcement)
Retrieved from: https://gun-control.procon.org/us-gun-deaths-by-year/
2) Other Deaths and Mortality
Compare the total number of gun deaths with the number of deaths by other means (below) then decide if the focus on gun violence is really about the number of deaths, or about limiting the number of guns in the hands of U.S. Citizens. Remember, an armed citizenry is the best way of staving off a corrupt government. Or as Thomas Jefferson said, “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”
Number of deaths for leading causes of death (i.e., Risk Categories):
· Heart disease: 659,041
· Cancer: 599,601
· Accidents (unintentional injuries): 173,040
· Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 156,979
· Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,005
· Alzheimer’s disease: 121,499
· Diabetes: 87,647
· Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 51,565
· Influenza and Pneumonia: 49,783
· Intentional self-harm (suicide): 47,511
My plan: If the government really wants to keep people from dying needlessly, it needs to enforce annual “fees” for each risk category that each person participates in and/or plans to participate in (e.g., if people want to continue eating beef and dairy, smoking, drinking alcohol, doing drugs, driving distracted, being overweight, tanning, etc. …
Fees for each category should be at least $800 (because there are a lot more people dying from each of these risk categories than from total gun violence). Also, there should be portion size limits for all foods and drinks (that contribute to premature death), limits on how tan a person can get (skin cancer), how much sugar substances a person can consume (diabetes), etc.
Once all these regulations are in place, more people should live much happier and longer lives. I know that’s all the government wants…
Retrieved from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm
P.S. Write to your federal representatives (https://www.govtrack.us/start) about H.R. 127 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/house-bill/127/text?r=19&s=1) if you don’t want the government imposing extra fees and restrictions on guns and ammo. It always start small, then grows to the guns and ammo you use!
What do you think? Thanks!