The Rise in Gun Violence? Statistics, South Park, and an Insight with a Question

Lately, it seems like there are more shootings than ever before. It’s ridiculous, really. First, I had to wonder if it’s the result of a bias of some sort… are more gun violence incidents being reported on the news? What are the current gun violence statistics compared to previous years?

Well, here are gun violence stats from 2015: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ and from 2014: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/tolls/2014

The total number of incidents for 2015 (49,486) is about 2,000 less compared to 2014 (51,772). Also, the number of deaths are currently less in 2015 (12,528) compared to 2014 (12,575).

However, the number of injuries are higher in 2015 (25,291) compared to 2014 (23,035). Also, there have been over 30 more mass shootings in 2015 (315) compared to 2014 (281). Further, there have been more officers involved in incidents in 2015 (4,120) compared to 2014 (3,216). The number of children and teens injured has increased, too.

There are also statistics on accidental shootings. Really? Like, “Oops, I shot my gun by accident… OOPS!”

And because of all this gun violence, more people are buying guns… which may create more opportunities for “oops” and “angry” moments being exploited by guns.

Unfortunately, gunviolencearchive.org began those statistics only in 2014, so it’s impossible to see statistics further back with their specific method of measurement.

A recent South Park episode, Pc Principal Final Justice, satirizes gun violence, and should be applauded. They didn’t satirize it by everyone getting shot, but by every single person wielding a gun and not shooting anybody. Even if they didn’t have the guns, it implies, they still could have solved their problems. But the characters feel as if the gun positively influenced the resolution of the problem, when it only escalated it in a hilarious way.

Here’s a quick example clip from the episode–this is exactly what would happen if everyone had guns: http://southpark.cc.com/clips/2gkclc/marsh-vs-marsh

The episode asks a question: “Should everyone have guns, or should no one have guns?”

Yes, there’s the saying, “Guns don’t kill, people do.” I’d say, reactive people kill people; emotional people kill people; miserable people kill people; stupid people kill people; mentally ill people kill people; people who feel unjustified or want to enforce their power kill people. It’s all of those things.

But if all of these people didn’t have a gun… can they kill people with a gun and cause these statistics?

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  1. Matthew 24:3-14
    As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you dare not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
    “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom swill be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.

    Matthew 24:36
    “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.”

    1. I see Kevin’s point and I also see another question that only we can answer for ourselves. “If Jesus Christ returned today, where would I be going? Would I go to eternal happiness in heaven? Or would I go to eternal suffering in Hell?”

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