Ban fast food before banning guns

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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) Do you believe that banning guns will save lives? Most anti-gun lobbyists say that guns kill people. But, wait a minute – highly-processed (junk) food causes way more death and destruction than gun ownership – why don’t we ban fast food restaurants? If you’re not sure what I mean – allow me to explain.

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, Kansas City Chiefs pro football player, Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before driving to the Chief’s practice football field to shoot (and kill) himself in front of the team’s coach and general manager. The next day, during “Football Night in America”, Bob Costas suggested that if we had a ban on guns – Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend would be alive today.

The mainstream media deliberately distracts us from the real threats to human health

This is exactly what Bob Costas said: ”our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.” There’s only one problem with that statement – nothing could be further from the truth.

Last year, a Gallup survey revealed that 47 percent of adults have a gun in their home or on their property, the highest figure since 1993. Yet, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, (as of 2005) the number of intimate homicides had steadily declined since 1993 and domestic violence has dropped by more than 60 percent since 1993.

Junk food is far more dangerous to human health than guns

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2000, poor diet including obesity and physical inactivity caused 400,000 deaths in the United States alone. Yet, in 2000, according the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control – there were 52,447 deliberate and 23,237 accidental non-fatal gunshot injuries in the United States. And, get this, the majority of gun-related deaths in the United States were suicides!

My point is – we know that the consumption of fast food causes all sorts of health problems such as, obesity, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Millions of people are dying – directly related to the horrible ingredients in fast food such as, synthetic hormones, excess sugar, trans fats, artificial sweeteners, chemicals and preservatives. Why doesn’t the NFL and state-sponsored “health” agencies demand a ban on all junk food?

Should we ban tobacco sales to save lives?

According to the CDC, “the adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.” In fact, the CDC goes on to state, “more deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.” Yet, we continue to see the legal sale of cigarettes and the media never does editorial pieces, like the one from Bob Costas – calling for a ban on all cigarette sales. I guess they don’t want to piss off the tobacco industry.

Don’t get me wrong – the most recent murder/suicide committed by Kansas City Chief linebacker Jovan Belcher was a tragedy. But it was Jovan that committed this horrible act – not a gun. And, let’s get real, if Jovan didn’t have a gun but was in a fit of rage – he could have easily killed his girlfriend with a knife or just strangled her.

My point is guns don’t kill people – crazy (or steroid enraged) people kill people. Before we start advocating the ban of guns and abolish the second amendment in order to “save lives” – why don’t we start banning the worst threats to human life.

Just to be clear, I don’t really think a “ban” on guns will make us safer. In fact, unarmed citizens are more likely to be at risk for losing their lives – than armed citizens. What do you think would have happened in the “Batman” shooting if several (well-trained) armed movie goers were in the theater – the night of that tragic event?

I’m curious how you feel about this topic. Please post your comments – below.

About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.

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  • Linda

    Great point, Jonathan it’s so easy to distract people from the real issues. There is no common sense when it comes to news everything promoted is for their own agenda – making money and controlling people.

  • Gertrude van Voorden

    Hi, Living in the Netherlands i have Always lived, for 62 years, with a ban on guns, unless one gets a special permit. Those are for people in shootingclubs, or going on legal hunts, which is not much appreciated by most people here. Of course we are a small country, not much wilderness, so animals are possibly not as plenty as in the USA. It is forestkeepers who shoot the sick animals and keep watch on the numbers, the area is able to care for. We did have some shootings, by people not checked upon sufficiently before given a permit. Not being naive of course there are many illegal weapons. Personally i prefer not having a weapong and a ban on carrying weapons on the street by citizens, or even having one in the house. Likewise i resent the preppers focus on having to be able to defend oneself and one’s hidden away food. It simply is not a world i would like or intend to live in. I am opting for a different world, where cohesion, cooperation, caring have become the norm. And if that can’t be, i pray i have the nerve to die graciously. This american focus on weapons does not seem to stop with citizines having the right to carry a gun, but is even more ferocious on higher, government levels. Those levels have obliged the entire world in the last decades to participate in illegal international worlds, where weapons are used to pass any normal human imagination. Drones murdering innocent civilians, spying everyone, everywhere are innocent compared to some of the sophisticated weapons i have seen in documentaries. The comparison with eating junkfood i find childish. Like comparing apples and pears we would say in dutch. GMO food in my opinion is also used as a weapon, making people ill, killing them, making them sterile. More of the same limited thinking. 1 % of 1 % of the american people hold all the political power and have taken the world hostage. It will shift, it just has to. There is this story of an american man, who took it upon himself to stand on the corner and wave to all passer by’s. People started to make detours just to be waved at. Likewise in my own neighbourhood, when walking my dog, i go out of my way, to say hello to neighbours, wish them a good day, as used to be normal in the Netherlands, but has disappeared totally from citizenlife. Only to be found now in very rural area’s.

  • Joany Lawrence

    I agree with you, Jonathan, on several points:
    1. The mainstream American diet with additives, hormones, pesticides and GMOs WILL make a person acidic which tends to make one irritable, angry and irrational. It will also alter a person’s brain’s chemistry creating ideas and thoughts that the same person, on a different diet, might not be as likely to have.
    2. It is never the ‘thing’ that causes the problem, if that were true then Prohibition would have worked. An inanimate object can not kill or hurt. Each object has to be picked up by a living, thinking, intentional person to cause harm. Having a gun, for example, at one’s disposal does not in itself put a thought in someone’s head. The idea or intention to harm starts in the human psyche and removing guns will only create a larger black market for them or force the ‘perpetrator’ to use something else. I think about all the poisons that are just lying around in plain sight.
    3.We need to focus on our culture in general.For instance, passing stricter laws on prescription drugs will not the stop the teenage/adolescent suicides. We must look, instead, to why these kids are so distraught. Perhaps, it is because we are constantly at war or the sense of separateness that pervades our thinking or the fact that both parents frequently have to work two jobs or are otherwise so occupied with their own lives which leaves the kids left to fend for themselves or the stress we put our kids under in school to do well or they will never amount to anything or the judgmental and critical thinking that again pervades our society making kids and everyone feel they are not ‘good enough’. There is much more but I am sure I am making my point.
    4. Who, if not we ourselves, should protect us (putting aside the fact that it is our right to protect ourselves). It’s not as if the police (who will always have guns but are not at all suspect of doing anything like what Jovan Belcher did)are psychic and know when there is a ‘batman’ murderer about to perform a deadly deed and can be ‘johnny on the spot’ to prevent it all from happening. I don’t see how only the police having guns will help or prevent anything.
    5. In the end if only those ‘in power’ have guns, we are inviting tyranny which is what we just about have today but that is a commentary for a different day.

  • Jean

    Horrible Parallel to draw — fast food vs. that unfortunate man and guns.
    We can vote against fast food simply by not buying it. The real shame of that player is that no one on his team recognized or cared enough to help him, and the coach knew it or he wouldn’t have given the interview telling the world what a connected bunch his ‘team’ was with film clips of him telling them all to stay connected.

  • John Jones

    Like millions still do today, I once believed the lies told by anti-gun lobbyists. Your gallup pole statement about the large gun ownership today proves the falsity (sp?)of this lobby.
    The problem lies at the core of our belief system. Until we can ‘calmly’ explain to those not yet aware, that ‘having authority and title’ doesn’t often correlate with ‘having integrity’, the vast majority of people will remain unaware of the real truth.
    More of us have to take the risk and tell the truth about the tyranny being practiced government/big industry today, or those living in their dreamworld will ever remain so.
    How can we help reach the ‘awareness’ tipping point?

  • Donna

    I just completed my gun safety class and applied for my concealed weapon permit. I am a holistic health practitioner and owner of a spiritual center. I am a, non violent person, but protecting myself with a gun has nothing to do with violence. I protect myself against starvation by becoming self sufficient and planting a garden. I protect my health by taking supplements and eating nutritious food. I protect the environment by not using herbicides, pesticides and other poisons on the land. I can go on and on with the things we all do to protect ourselves against the odds, but what is important is that we become self sufficient and remain on-guard, because you never know when a Big-Mac attack may came.

  • Mark

    Point well taken, but banning fast food is a bad idea as well. When traveling, fast food is often the only option, and a hamburger without fries isn’t the worst thing in the world. Grass fed is better, of course, but an occasional burger isn’t going to wreck your health. I’d rather see people educated about proper eating habits.

  • Kurt M

    Couldn’t agree more. While I enjoy Bob Costas as an announcer he is just another talking head and like most of them, really misses the bigger, logical picture. As a gun owner and concealed weapon licensee I will always do whatever I can to protect me and my family, and that includes avoiding fast food joints.

  • Marilyn

    The government of Switzerland (I think it’s Switzerland?) gives ALL of their citizens guns. Guess what? There is almost no crime there! Imagine that!

  • Betty

    I totally agree with you Jonathan! Thanks foe speaking up on this matter and so many others. Educating people is the only way to make a change. Too many people are educated by our left wing media.

  • louise bennett

    I totally agree, guns don’t kill! but people with deficiencies that are caused from the crap in food, it what is effecting the behaviour, so many people malnourished and in need a some vital ingredients PLAIN COMMON SENSE which does not seem to very common.
    Fluoride MSG and Sugar has overtaken, my mother turned anti crap for want of a better word when I was 7 thank goodness she did. I meet people every day and because I have created a meal replacement Mousse all natural we get talking I AM SHOCKED with all the info out there people DON’T want to know what they are eating. every now and then I find a person who wants to make the changes but its 1 in 100. I post your info on my facebook and do as much as I can. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I have purchased Hungry for a Change and Food matters and loan them out frequently… MY MOTHER TOLD ME 30 YEARS AGO all that has come to pass in regards to fat sugar and chemicals. I am 56 I am healthy have great skin and never catch a thing, umm I must be doing something right. cheers

  • Leo

    Several issues here. Our Aussie friends had their guns taken away from them years ago. Crime increased because only the criminals owned them. Fast food is never good for the body. The biggest killer in this country is medical misdiagnosis and treatment. Why would anyone opt for a flu shot, when seniors are going into convulsions, baby’s are dying from forced inoculation. Twenty minutes daily out in the sunshine gives the same immunity that a shot is ‘supposed to’. We are our best caretakers so lets figure out what works for us and tune out the rest. Rise up and become more independent.