This past week Melanie Hain, known to many as the mother who openly carried her Glock 26 to her child's soccer game was a victim of a murder suicide. Many people in the gunblogger community knew her and pleaded with her to get out of her situation. I offer my sympathy and condolences to her children, her family and to my fellow gunbloggers. There are others out there who feel the need to question the ownership of firearms and are using this horrible tragedy to further their bigoted agenda. I wish to counter this by offering up some logic and reason.
The World Health Organization has long noted that removing an easy and favored method of suicide does not significantly alter the overall rate. i.e. Removing guns as a method still leaves someone with hanging, asphyxiation or overdosing on medication.
America, as a first world nation enjoys an average rate of suicide. The latest data I found was 17.6 per 100,000 vs. the Czech Republic's 26.0 per 100,000. And Canada with much stricter gun control laws shows a higher rate of suicide at 19.5 per 100,000.
Japan, where there is no equivalent to the 2nd Amendment and gun related crime is hardly known has a whopping suicide rate of 36.5 per 100,000.
Suicide rates for law enforcement in this country is 18 per 100,000. Only slightly higher than our national average. The notion that somehow police are infallible to crime, and yes suicide is a crime, simply by the appointment to their duties, is wrong. The police are just like you and me, they put their pants on one leg at at time.
Acccording to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the idea that your gun will be taken away from you in a crime is ludicrous. The rate is at most, one percent.
In another blog, a comment was posted about those who live by the sword, die by the sword. The meaning of that is if you visit violence upon someone, you should expect violence in return. Melanie Hain had ample opporutunity to draw her weapon many times throughout her life. It was kept holstered. Did she offer violence to anyone? Only if they did so first.
To the gun control bigots I say this to you, you are on the wrong side of history. You are the social equivalent of the KKK. Where do you think gun control came from? It came from a deeply resentful South that wished to control the newly freed slaves by denying them their civil rights. Do we as gun owners force you to own a gun? No, we do not. Do we wish that there was never another murder by any means? Yes, we do, but we live in an imperfect world and we wish to better our chance to survive a violent conflict. We do this by going armed. Melanie Hain understood this. God rest her soul.