From time to time on this blog, my blog, I post graphics, facts, etc. that catch my eye or make me think. Yesterday I posted one about the fact that firearm involved incidents are the third leading cause of death for kids 1-17. That’s all. I thought that was a fact to be alarmed about, whether the incidents involve drugs, gangs or both (FYI: everybody killed by drug dealers and gang members are not drug users and gang members but their murders are often lumped into drug and gang crimes) and whether the incidents are homicides, suicides or both. There is no acceptable number of children to be killed with guns in this country but the fact that guns are somehow linked to so many young deaths is something to be concerned about. If that concern makes one person more careful with his or her firearms so that they don’t get stolen and used in the death of a child or accidentally discharged by a child, then to me, that is the best form of gun control.
Growing up, I knew people who carried concealed weapons, but they usually lived or worked in dangerous places. Maybe those dangerous places are more widespread than I thought, because according to this story, millions of Americans are carrying concealed weapons. The story opens up with the experience of a South Carolina attorney, Jim Corley, who spoke on his experience when a young man threatened him with a semiautomatic pistol.
The man told him to give him what he had, so Corley gave him three hollow point bullets. The law in South Carolina that allows Mr. Corley to carry a weapon and use deadly force (the incident was ruled a justifiable homicide) also does not allow the family of the man Corley shot to file suit for wrongful death.
The gun lobby claims that this excess of guns and concealed permits is making us safer, but when a person, who gets paid to sell weapons, which are created with the purpose of killing people, tells me that said weapons are really safe, I really have to question it. I also have to question it in the face of the growing number of domestic violence related shootings we’ve had in my area this past year by people who had permits for their weapons.