(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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