Crime Control: Focus on the Alligator, Not the Deer

Crime Control: Focus on the Alligator, Not the Deer

Crime Control: Focus on the Alligator, Not the Deer

Crime Control or Gun Control? Predator or prey? Those are the real questions. The familiar adage “Guns do not kill by themselves” is true. Guns are but tools in the hands of people and different people react differently with guns. Some use tools appropriately and others do not. Some know the fundamentals of handling and using guns correctly and humanely as a last resort when their lives or great bodily harm or the lives of their loved ones are imminently threatened, while others do not. Some do not even have the proper mental frame of mind or share our acceptable values and behaviors to even deal with guns nor use them properly. History over many years has shown us that there are evil, selfish people in our world who have caused much murder and violence for their own self-centered purposes. Sadly, there probably will always be evil people committing murder and acting violently to get what they want. Be it a druggie or a dictator. The recent mass shootings and murders in Aurora, CO and New Town, CN have appalled and disgusted many. These were senseless and sane, virtuous, moral and righteous people do not approve of them.

Some strongly want Gun Control and more firearms laws and limitations as the solution. They have placed the blame of these horrors directly on 30-round magazines, guns in general, and so-called assault rifles, better named semi-automatic rifles… or anything tangible that they can control. The natural human reaction that makes some feel better is to place blame on a physical manifestation or object or something within their control. They want to take some action soon for the widely-accepted injustice and they can see that some things are more controllable than others, so they focus on those that allow them to take action quicker. Probably, what we all really should strive to do is prohibit or better control murder, violence, and insanity and enforce the existing laws we already have on the books, while understanding, helping, and better controlling those with mental issues. Let’s focus on Crime Control and those who commit the crimes, rather than hampering and interfering with the rights of present and potential victims.

Gun ControlIn Florida where I live, Alligators are top predators and they will attack deer, turtles, dogs, large fish, and bears with their powerful teeth and jaw muscles. No one would deny a deer being attacked by a predatory alligator from using its self-defense “tools”… antlers, hooves, leaping abilities, and fast running speed to protect itself. However, some would deny that same right of self-defense to human beings. They believe that the way to stop the predatory alligator is to remove the antlers from the deer, making it easier for the predator’s threat to go away. To me this encourages attacks by predators, rather than protecting the prey victims. The focus seems to be on the peaceful prey and its self-defense tools, rather than on the predator and its threatening behavior. This does not make any rational sense to me.

CNN reported in October 2012 that more than 98,000 people die every year because of preventable medical errors. That is equivalent to two 737 airplanes crashing every day for a whole year they said. They reported that preventable medical errors are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and cost our country $29 billion a year. Recognize that the root of the medical malpractice problem is the actual medical malpractice itself.

The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011 shows there were 8,583 murders from ALL firearms and that only 323 of those murders were from semi-automatic rifles (wrongly-called assault rifles), or 3% of all murders in the U.S. Further, hammers and clubs killed half as many as rifles; hands, fists, and feet murdered twice as many; and knives killed 5 times more than all rifles combined. So, medical malpractice kills about 12 times as many people as are murdered in the U.S. each year by all firearms. Sad! Yet no one talks about limits on hammers, knives, doctors, or hospitals because the good we perceive from hammers, knives, and doctors far outweigh the perceived harm. It’s easier to put the concern on the backburner and not focus on it; maybe it will go away. Besides, maybe the patient was at fault or contributed to it someway… so focus there.

Statistics and studies from several researchers show that firearms prevent from about 800,000 to over 2.5 million violent crimes every year in the U.S. Dr. Gary Kleck, criminology professor at Florida State University, from his survey of about 5,000 U.S. households reported that Americans use their firearms 2.5 million times every year defending against a confrontation with a criminal and that handguns alone account for up to 1.9 million defensive uses a year, ranging from between 800,000 up to 2.5 million defensive uses of guns. This includes defending against such crimes as burglary, sexual assault, assault, robbery, etc. Accepting the lowest prevention estimate means that 100 times more violent crimes were PREVENTED with firearms than the total murders committed by firearms. This often gets overlooked and not reported.

So it would seem on the surface that most medical malpractice errors are preventable and controllable, while firearms crimes by evil, unpredictable, predators (some) with mental issues are not. Certainly, taking the tools, the guns, away from law-abiding citizens and violating the court-substantiated Second Amendment is not the way to control evil predators. We can control the predatory criminals with the existing gun laws by enforcing them. We should focus on the predatory alligator, the evil criminals, rather than the antler tools of the deer prey. We can control the former to a large extent by enforcing our existing laws, taking preemptory actions before crimes occur by recognizing the symptoms and evil signs, and accepting the right to use a tool for good purposes, etc. Crimes can actually be prevented by judicious and safe use of firearms. Gun control should not force you to give up your Constitutional Second Amendment rights to keep and bear your firearms. Let’s focus on controlling the criminals by enforcing existing laws, being proactive by identifying and helping those with mental issues and criminal tendencies, and supporting our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

Continued success!

© 2013 Col Benjamin Findley. All Rights Reserved. This article may not be reprinted or reproduced in whole or in part by mechanical means, photocopying, electronic reproduction, scanning, or any other means without prior written permission. For information, contact Col Ben Findley at [email protected]

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  • James Van Valkenburg

    Bravo, well said. Too bad the lefties will not want to hear facts.

  • cambeul41

    “Let’s focus on controlling the criminals by enforcing existing laws,”

    This assumes that existing laws control criminals. How about eliminating the laws that impinge on the right of the law-abiding while not providing a counterbalancing criminal control element?

  • Jim

    Well said. I would only add that gun control isn’t really about the murders in the first place. It’s about CONTROL of WE THE PEOPLE. All of this talk about gun control comes from those who say things like “Never let a crisis go to waste”. The idea that you would exploit the senseless murders of TWENTY, six and seven year old kids to further a political agenda is a sign of the psychosis that infects the liberal mindset.

    Remember that there are really two kinds of liberals–the liars (politicians and their publicity arm in the “News” Media), and the lied TO (Democrat voters).

    One could ask how many times do we have to see this repeated, but if it happens here, there is nowhere else left to go.

    Let’s revisit our own history! Paul Revere’s ride occurred when the colonists learned that the British were coming to seize the weapons and ammunition that they had been stockpiling in anticipation of armed confrontation with the Crown!
    Does no one know this?
    Most of it was moved to other locations before the British arrived, and the British burned what remained. Part of the philosophy behind this stockpile was the idea of ensuring that the “Safety Committee” weapons and those of the “Minute Men” were the same as or better than those of the British soldiers that they expected they would confront.
    Now we have a NEW and self-appointed ruling class telling us that we don’t NEED an AR-15, and that we don’t NEED 30 round mags, and that we don’t NEED automatic weapon capability. THEY HAVE ALREADY DEGRADED CIVILIAN OWNERSHIP TO LESSER CAPABLE WEAPONS THAN MILITARY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT.
    “A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.” — George Washington

  • Andrew Trembly

    Very good points, well said good facts but to many people have a closed mind on guns. They are tool guns don’t have a mind or feelings it is just a tool.

  • Shinypartsup

    A good summary of facts, unfortunately many have made up their minds about gun control and facts matter nothing to them. I don’t understand how people can survive through life by ignoring facts over feelings, but it seems to happen. A small nit pick: The state abbreviation for Connecticut is CT, not CN.

  • Jake

    The biggest problem is the judges letting the criminals off with a slap on the hand, allowing them to do more increasingly violent crimes. Many crimes are done by the same people the judges released early for good behavior OR never sent to prison because they paid their bail and never served 1 day in jail.. It’s the same thing with people still driving after 4-5 DUI convictions and killing innocent people in a wreck directly related to driving drunk..

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  • Horizon911

    I’m a gun owner, lover, and target shooter. I’m all for people having the ability to own firearms and use them to protect themselves or others. That being said, articles like this damage the credibility of those who fight for those rights. Comparing a deer and an alligator? It’s not even the same principle. Hooves, antlers, speed, jaws, teeth .. those are all physical traits. If you’re making an argument with them, the correlation to humans are fists to punch, legs to kick and elbows to hit with; not a gun.

    No one talks about limits on hammers or knives (or doctors for that matter) because those things all serve a multitude of other purposes aside from protection or killing. I get wanting a gun for protection or to hunt or to shoot at targets, or even to collect, but this argument that hammers aren’t a focal point and cause x amount of deaths is ridiculous, and only makes the person using that argument seem uneducated.

    • gwp1948

      Ever heard of a metaphor? I think the article makes an excellent point in terms that even lefties can understand (not that a lefty is going to read an article on USA Carry). They don’t understand guns but they probably understand alligators. If a lefty is a literal person like yourself (not a criticism, an observation) they won’t understand why we are talking about alligators either; they don’t understand why I talk about sheep, sheep dogs, and wolves. Lefties don’t want to talk about people protecting themselves with guns so maybe I can get them to talk about alligators and criminals both being predators.
      You have a point about statistics. I used to generate stats from incident data and I worked on teams responsible for submitting data to the FBI; not every chief or sheriff is fully vested in providing accurate and complete crime information (most are). I also know how people ‘filter’ and twist the stats to get what they want. Here is a fact based on several years of crime statistics: You are 300 times more likely to be shot by a deer hunter than you are a permit holder. So apparently if we issued carry permits to everyone your odds of getting shot would approach zero. Or not.

  • cojo

    Colonel, great article, well conveyed.
    (Correction…Newtown, CT)

  • Don

    we need to get them people help when they ask for it like mental like teling some one they have a problem we need to take action so these things won’t hapiping again people take life ass a joke to easy but thats why things hapin like they do

    • Beauford Q Rastus

      Don… you need to bend the elbow a little less. I am not sure what you are saying here. Col. Findley’s article is correct. The issue is the heart of the disillusioned. They think that by condemning the tool… (guns) the ignorance of the heart is covered. No, the important issue to correct this issue is the church… All churches need to do more to change the heart of the person who is unforgiving of self. That is the individual who is in control of the trigger.

    • Ed

      where did you learn to speak and write in English!!!

  • Ed

    Absolutely true but the liberal press (controlled by the lib democratic party) and the anti-Constitution liberal dems want the killers to have the advantage over law abiding citizens and do away with our 2 Amendment rights. A court in NY has found that folding blade pocket knives are deadly weapons now, and I thought California had a minolopy on crazies!!!

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