Do anti-gun, anti-Second Amendment advocates REALLY care about gun deaths?
Is there something more sinister lurking behind their efforts?
Let's use logical reasoning and find some answers.
Consider these FACTS:
According to the FBI, in 2012, there were a total of 8,855 firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. This first tombstone represents about 8.900 homicide deaths by firearms. Each tombstone represents about 8,900 deaths.
This first tombstone represents the 8,900 homicide deaths caused by persons using any kind of firearm.
Another 44,000 lost their lives in traffic accidents -- many involved broken laws. Vehicles are not banned.
November 2015 Headline -- "46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns" -- "More than half of the 46,471 drug-related deaths in 2013 were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin," Painkilling drugs are not banned. Hard drugs are illegal, but like guns in the hands of criminals people still manage to get get them.
88,000 died from alcohol poisoning -- most were preventable and many involved broken laws. Alcohol is not banned. Anymore. It was tried and was a miserable failure. People managed to get it if they wanted.
An estimated 300,000 deaths per year are due to the obesity epidemic. According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity and overweight together are the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Food was not banned.
Years and years of expensive medical care
is inevitably followed by this
Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 483,000 deaths per year in the United States, including nearly 42,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,323 deaths every day. In other words, all kinds of firearm homicides account for about the weekly total number of deaths compared to tobacco related deaths. Tobacco is not banned.
The health care difference? Cigarettes involve a slow and often times painful death.
In short, if you use tobacco, you are 76 times more likely to die than from a hand gun.
In all firearm-related homicides, it is 55 times greater than smoking.
In just one week, fewer people die at the hands of a murderer than die from second hand smoke.
So, if this
is far more costly in terms of health care to society and more deadly than this,
why all the fuss about banning guns and no fuss about banning tobacco?
Logic suggests if a pack of cigarettes won't kill you, or a fancy buffet won't kill kill you, or a bottle of booze won't kill you, or a motor vehicle won't kill you then how can a weapon kill you? These deaths are MOSTLY the result of actions by the user. Choose to smoke that cigarette, eat to excess (in most cases), drink alcohol all you want and drive your car and get unlucky but don't put the blame on the instrument of death. Inanimate objects don't kill, PEOPLE do.
In all of the above instances, the main problem is behavior adjustment. Each person must be responsible to themselves and take control if they are to live a quality life!
If the death toll is to be reduced in each category, people will have to change the ways over which they have control. Making new laws will make little difference, if any. Laws against alcohol failed miserably and so will gun laws. Learning from our mistakes is called experience.
So, considering tobacco use, the odds are OVERWHELMINGLY AGAINST your chances of living a long and healthy life. Heavy smokers have lower life expectancies than persons with all other smoking statuses; indeed, compared to never smokers, heavy smokers at age 25 can expect at least a 25% shorter life. Instead of 80 for example, you kick the bucket at 60 and miss kids graduating from college and maybe even grandchildren? A good estimate is non-smokers, on average, live one decade (ten years) longer than non-smokers. A lot of living can be packed into ten (10) years. Take control and be smart if you enjoy life.
Think of cigarettes as the fuse to a cancer bomb. Every cigarette helps burn the fuse toward the blasting cap in your body that sets off the bomb that will eventually kill you. Non-smokers have no such fuse. If you do not smoke now, why would it make sense to light the fuse in the first place?
If you are a tobacco user and choose not to heed what you have read thus far, get ready to CLIMB ABOARD.
A word to the wise: Bury the habit before it buries you!
Now, about tobacco and smoking. What can be done? Let's examine the problem.
Government agencies warn about the health dangers of tobacco, but fall to make substantial progress largely because of misdirected priorities.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death.
Worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 6 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
If smoking continues at the current rate among U.S. youth, 5.6 million of today’s Americans younger than 18 years of age are expected to die prematurely from a smoking-related illness. This represents about one in every 13 Americans aged 17 years or younger who are alive today.
Smoking leads to disease and disability and harms nearly every organ of the body.
More than 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking.
For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness.
Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis.
Smoking is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males.
Consider the cost to our nation. Smoking costs the United States billions of dollars each year. Total economic cost of smoking is more than $300 billion a year, including nearly $170 billion in direct medical care for adults and more than $156 billion in lost productivity due to premature death and exposure to secondhand smoke.
The two biggest enemies of living involve smoking and obesity The health care costs of those two problems far exceeds that of hand gun and other firearm deaths. Firearm deaths are usually immediate while obesity and smoking consume billions of health care dollars over long periods of time.
Consider this question: If the anti-gun crowd really cared about life, wouldn't their priority be dealing with problems related to tobacco products? In short, their phony handwringing concerns about guns is a smokescreen. Same for the news media's sensationalizing deaths by guns. When have you heard about a person gunned down by cigarettes make the news?
So, why do politicans and activists want to ban weapons especially guns?
The answer: POWER. Politicians and their owners want to control YOUR life. If you can think of another reason, we want to hear about it.
Tobacco and Guns have a lot in common
Cigarettes are like bullets. Both can be killers when in the hands of the user.
Guns don't pull the triggers. People do!
MEMO to young people. Smoking is cool. Right? So why is it cool to die before your time?
Now hear this about freedom. We think the American people should be free to live in ways that make them happy so far as those ways are moral and legal under the Constitution.
When have you ever heard about banning motor vehicles, alcohol (been there, done that -- didn't worked out) and foodstuffs?
Vehicles, alcohol products and food can make people happy and should be legal but with reasonable regulation and attention to personal responsibility.
Not much can be done to ban vehicles because they are a vital part of modern society. All society can do about alcohol, drugs, infectious diseases and toxins is to manage those problem as best we can through education and regulation.
Some folks want to ban weapons entirely and others do not. The gun issue is discussed every day in every way with both sides unable to agree on weapons ownership. But tobacco products are different. They are more dangerous to society in that they cause so much economic damage to all of society in terms of health care costs, not to mention human suffering. If guns are to be banned, tobacco should be banned entirely.
Yes, I know why tobacco products are not banned. Taxes, subsidies, lobbyists, tobacco farmers and others fight vigorously to guard their turf.. But, not dealing with the issue at all is an abuse of bestowed power given to elected officials. The responsible officials, elected and non-elected need to be proactive in taking necessary measures to curtail access to nicotine-based drugs.
So why have I brought this matter up here? Mainly to point out how ridiculous it is for an extreme amount of money to be spent attempting to ban weapons with comparatively little being spent to ban tobacco products which is a far greater problem.
Now, lets unpack the gun issue. What about school shootings? Every time one of those unfortunate events happens, misguided politicans try to convince the people that taking away or putting extreme control on guns will solve the problem. NOW HEAR THIS! Their "solution" will NEVER solve the problem. Here's compelling historical evidence as to why it won't!.
Common sense suggests the root of the problem lies with the shooters and their mental state at the time. If not guns, another dastardly method would suffice to carry out mass killings such as knives, hammers and cleavers in China, e.g., bombs are more deadly and used in mass killings(think the Middle East), knives (think Australia when guns were banned) etc.. Some claim gun laws have reduced homicides using statistics to prove their point. Of course, in the absence of a firearm they fail to mention other types of murder that took place by deranged individuals. Additionally, the subject of self defense is largely ignored.
For Heaven's sake, people, even in much admired socialist Utopia, Norway had two recent attacks by two lone wolf terrorists which claimed 77 lives. Guns are restricted in Norway. Gun politics in Switzerland are unique and gun ownership is quite open and even required. Ever wonder why Russia has just not gone full force against Ukraine? Ukraine has no gun laws, per se and most think as most Americans do -- the population has a "right to keep and bear arms." It is much easier to win a war if one of the countries has no weapons for self-defense. Even the outrageously liberal, anti-gun activists of Harvard have amonst them some who produce sensible gun studies like this one.
Overview of gun laws by nation at Wikipedia may shed some light on the issue of firearms. The subject is worthy of discussion, but the message here is about PRIORITIES and POWER.
Why are politicians unwilling to properly prioritize the tobacco issue?
Answer: A thirst for POWER & CONTROL. No guns means no game-changing citizen resistance is possible.
Why do politicians sit by, tolerate and largely ignore this major health problem?
Answer: Tobacco lobbyists including subsidized tobacco farmers buy access in exchange for campaign donations. In short, don't bite that hand that feeds you.
What else causes politicians to ignore major progess in fighting tobacco?
Answer: Loss of tax revenue & voters who use tobacco.
Logic suggests politicians should be fighting harder to ban tobacco rather than guns? Agreed?
Now let's take an in-depth look at the tobacco problem:
FIRST, America must make major progress on the problem of smoking related deaths.
Note: These data are outdated and was in fact significantly revised in subsequent reports of the leading causes of deaths, especially for obesity-related diseases.
Note: Abortion is the leading cause of preventable life(death) in the United States. According to the Guttmacher Institute, since 1973, roughly 50 million legal induced abortions have been performed in the United States. We believe abortion is a political and moral issue not to be addressed here.
Are YOU a smoker?
Do YOU use tobacco products?
Look at what is in a cigarette.
All that leads to a myriad of health concerns.
The next two pictures are meant to educate.
If you click the photo or link above, you will see horrible images of what tobacco products will do to your body.
Do you think you may be at risk or suspect you have cancer?
Then take a few minutes to explore the possibilities. Click Here or on the apple picture below to take you to a wealth of information and easy to follow slide shows covering a variety of cancers(and other health problems.)
Give it up NOW, if not for you, but for those who love you. Your loved ones are the one's who will suffer when you pass on! I know. My younger brother and my lawyer died too young. Both just after turning age 70. Another ten or twenty years added to your life can be very satisfying.
Get help now to avoid the pain smoking causes your family. Its not only the dying but the pain of watching you suffer.
NO ifs ands or butts!
Put 'em out of your life before they take your life.
The moral and message of this story is to:
BAN TOBACCO Before Guns!
It's only logical.
Switch to apples.
An apple a day, keeps the doctor at bay! Away? Why quibble? Apples are good for you & good for your heart. Smoking is not!
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