Overall I see post categories as a way to aggregate like posts together, and allow people to read my archives based on their interests. I do the same with other bloggers, and I find it frustrating when bloggers feel the need to add a category for every little minutiae they write about. So you will get some goofiness here, like talking about gin drinks under “Food”, and dorky troll-bloggers making asses of themselves under “Politics”, but I see simplicity as a good thing.
So all that being said I’m adding this category. “Gun Death?” I think the objectives of this post might be something I want to focus on, and I want a category to aggregate posts for the sake of making an off-site argument. We have sites like The Armed Citizen to show people who say “People using guns defensively never happen!” In their defense, it very well might seem that way as most of the stories listed are only printed in local papers, so the average Joe reading the news will only see what happens in their individual news area, while events as close as neighboring states, or the far side of their own state won’t be reported.
So I’m going to be on the lookout for violent crimes committed WITHOUT guns. Multiple murders hold the most shock value. I won’t be publishing these stories to glorify criminal actions, or to make light of those who are dead. My purpose is to take people like the Brady Campaign’s Paul Helmke, or the Violence Policy Center’s Josh Sugarmann who routinely dance in the blood of victims of violent crime where the chosen tool is a firearm, but who also use the invented metric of “Gun Death” and “Gun Violence” some blood to rub their noses in.
My purpose is to create a view of what life might be like if these creeps get their way and ban all private firearms, and somehow manage to erase the basic human knowledge of how to create projectile weapons. The bottom line is guns, knives, bows and arrows, hands and feet, clubs, pipes, cars, and all other devices that are used in brutal crimes are not, in their existence, dangerous, and that people with violent intent are the real danger and concern for us all.
If you see a story that you think might add to my cause I ask that you send it to my email at weerdbeard
I don’t think it will take very long to gin up a collection to put that foolish made-up metric to bed, and maybe we can all get to talking about making life SAFER for all, rather than babbling about restricting rights for negative gains.