Wednesday, June 11, 2014

FBI Reports More Homicides By Knives Than Rifles: Why Don't We Regulate Them?

I get tired of people cranking emotion about guns. 

According to the FBI:

Total murders by firearms steadily declined from 10,225 in 2006 to 8,775 in 2010, during which time people have been purchasing defense rifles (aka "assault" rifles). [1]

In the same time period, murders by rifle have declined from 438 to 358. [1]

Also, in 2010 more people where killed by natural weapons (hands, fists, feet, pushing, etc.) than by rifles (745 for natural weapons, 358 for rifles). [1]

Do we need a license to openly carry our hands, fists, feet, head, all of which can be deadly weapons?

Should we literally dis-arm – i.e. remove the arms and legs from – anyone who is in someone's opinion "psychologically imbalanced"?

Who gets to define "psychologically imbalanced"?  

In 2010, murders by rifle and shotgun totaled 731, whereas murders by knives or cutting instruments totaled 1704. (1)  More than twice as many people were murdered by knives as by all types of rifles. 

So, why do people want to ban or regulate access to rifles, but not to knives?

Who benefits from rifle regulation, but not knife regulation?

Democide, Anyone?

Would the people who call themselves "government" benefit from rifle regulation?

We do have some evidence that politicians are prone to killing sprees conducted on disarmed populations:

"Governments have murdered hundreds of millions of their citizens and those under their control. The questions are, then, how is this democide defined, is genocide included, how many have been killed, how do we find this out, and what sources can be used?"(2)
Here's a body count; deaths due to democide:


Notice that includes 13,778,000 American Indians killed by agents of the U.S. government ("Just following orders, sir").  But the U.S. government would never turn on its own citizens now, would it?

Ask the Japanese Americans.

Does anyone remember Kent State?

I spoke loosely above.  The "U.S. government" does not exist apart from the politicians and their employees.  Could any of these people get power drunk?  Could any of them do something stupid? Are politicians and police particularly saintly in comparison to non-politicians and non-police?  What kind of people are attracted to politics?  Politicians play what De Ropp called the Moloch (seeking victory) and the Hog in Trough (seeking material wealth) games.  If they didn't like power they wouldn't engage in politics.

Suicides and Accidents Compared to Firearm Homicides

In 2010 when 8,775 people were murdered by firearms, according to the CDC 38,364 people committed suicide, and 120,859 died from accidents.[3] 

So 4 times as many people died from suicide as from firearm homicide, and 14 times as many people died from accidents as from firearm homicide.

According to the CDC, 61% of all firearm deaths are suicides.[3] 

Let's outlaw suicides and accidents!

Automobile Mortality Compared to Firearm Homicides

In 2010, motor vehicle injuries killed 33,687 people, about 4 times the number of total firearm homicides and 94 times the number of rifle homicides.[3]  This is in spite of universal licensing for motor vehicle operation.

A high velocity automobile is a lethal weapon, but we let hormonally charged teenagers, depressed and anxious adults drive them around daily.

The math says we would save more lives by greater automobile control than by greater gun control.  Why don't the gun control advocates turn their attention to taking automobiles off the road, or limiting everyone to golf carts?  Why doesn't Obama express outrage at the carnage done by assault vehicles?

Heart Disease and Cancer Mortality Compared to Firearm Homicides

In 2010, nearly 600,000 people died from heart disease, and 575,000 from cancer.[3]  The number of people who die from heart disease and cancer combined is 134 times greater than the number of firearm homicides.

Many heart disease deaths and a significant portion of cancer deaths are preventable by removing animal products from the diet.  Conservatively, the CDC says that 34% of heart disease deaths, 21% of cancer deaths, and 39% of unintentional injuries are preventable.[4]

This means there were about 180,000 unnecessary heart disease deaths, 120,750 unnecessary cancer deaths, and 47,135 unnecessary accidental deaths in 2010.  These numbers are 21, 14, and 5 times the total number of firearm homicides in 2010.

There is pretty overwhelming evidence that the unnecessary heart disease and cancer deaths are the results of eating a diet high in animal products.

The math says that gun control advocates would save more lives promoting plant-based diets than they ever will by promoting gun regulations.

Why do people concerned about the very very small risk of being killed by a random gun man continue to eat animals or feed them to their children?

This reminds me of a passage in the Tao Te Ching:
Knowing others is wisdom;
Knowing the self is enlightenment.
Mastering others requires force;
Mastering the self needs strength. 
Tao Te Ching Chapter 33, Feng & English Translation
And one from the Bible:
"And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? "  Mathew 7:3-5
Why does the current administration subsidize the meat industry, while trying to restrict public access to defense rifles?

Think about it.  You can't defend yourself with a T-bone.


1. FBI.  Murder Victims By Weapon, 2006-2010. 

2. Democide: Murder by Government.

3. CDC.  Deaths: Final Data for 2010. National Vital Statistics Reports 2013 May 8; 61(4).

4.  CDC.  Up to 40 percent of annual deaths from each of five leading US causes are preventable.

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