Guns In America, The Second Amendment of the Constitution gives people the right to keep and bear arms, and it is a right many consider completely sacred. Even those who feel that more restrictions are necessary would likely consider you on the fringe for suggesting that all firearms should be banned entirely, and might even still own one for self defense.
In fact, due to the extreme ease of access in America, US citizens own roughly 40% of all guns in the world, and have deeply ingrained the idea into the fabric of their culture. For these reasons, they have become known as “gun crazy” in many other parts of the world.
Despite Mass Shootings, Violent Gun Deaths Are Steadily Decreasing Over Time
Mass shootings are obviously a very controversial and loaded subject, and most people have a strong opinion about them. These shootings happen relatively often in the USA, and many people feel that in general, the situation is simply out of control. However, while we are not saying this means that more gun control restrictions are unnecessary or a bad idea, the fact is that research actually shows, despite the mass shootings, that overall gun homicides have remained mostly flat since the 2000’s. In fact, from 1993 to 2000, a .7% drop was seen in overall gun homicides.
Statistics About Black On Black Gun Crime Are Often Very Misleading
Some people like to bring up black on black gun crime in order to somehow invalidate the need for more restrictions on guns in the USA. Now, some statistics do back this up on paper, but they don’t show the whole picture. Looking at statistics without understanding the context can lead to the wrong conclusions being drawn, and statistics can be used for manipulative purposes to begin with. As the saying goes, statistics are like a bikini: what they reveal is suggestive, what they conceal is vital.
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There Is A Good Reason American Police Don’t Shoot For The Legs/Arms
Many outside the United States who see all the police involved shooting deaths are both alarmed and also confused. They notice that in a lot of American police videos, it seems the police are not even trying to hit people in less fatal spots like the arms or legs, and almost always seem to shoot center mass. In most other countries police are trained to go for non-fatal shots when possible, so this definitely has left non-Americans with a lot of questions. Unfortunately, this is actually by design, because American police forces are worried about the safety of their officers.
Trying To Accurately Fire With Two Guns In Two Directions Is Basically Impossible
Despite being a country that should know guns well, some of the favorite tropes in popular American action movies show firearms in a really unrealistic way. For example, when the heroes are going in for the big shootout they will often bring two handguns and shoot both at once. This was widely popularized in the Matrix Franchise, and many movies have used it for dramatic effect, but the whole idea is really kind of silly. For starters, trying to reload when you are using two handguns is so impossible that Trinity and Neo don’t even bother, they just toss the old guns on the floor when they run out of ammo and grab more ready to go from their jackets.
The 2nd Amendment Does Not Say The Government Cannot Have Reasonable Restrictions
The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is probably the most controversial paragraph in the modern history of man. Arguments about how it should be interpreted are incredibly contentious and friendships have been lost over the issue, as many people feel it truly is a matter of life and death. There are purists who argue that the right to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed at all so therefore no restrictions on gun ownership are constitutional.
Silencers Aren’t Even A Real Thing, Suppressors Are, Though
One of the most common tropes in movies is the assassin in the dark taking someone out with a silenced handgun. The weapon is so quiet that you can hardly hear anything at all, and most of us assume that tiny sound is basically auditory feedback for those watching the movie. Unfortunately, it turns out that silencer is kind of a misnomer, as they don’t really silence guns at all, they only bring the sound down to tolerable levels. For this reason, they are often referred to as suppressors