Any time there is a violent crime we question what happened and often wonder if anything can be changed to prevent future violence.
Our friends over a Blue Hampshire bring up the death of Chief Maloney in an article found HERE and raise questions about gun rights. They also muddy the water bringing up several other shooting incidences.
On April 12, Police Chief Maloney and four other officers were gunned down in Greenland. The same day, the shooter, Cullen Mutrie, shot his accomplice, Brittany Tibbetts, and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide. Also on April 12, two men were found dead in Dalton. Christopher Smith allegedly shot and killed Joseph Besk and wounded Wayne Ainsworth, then turned the gun on himself. On April 13. a nine year old boy in Hollis died after apparently accidentally shooting himself in the head with a shotgun.
On April 14, one man in Chesterfield who was shot multiple times died, and a second suffered gunshot wounds. On April 17, police found three people dead in the northern New Hampshire town of Lancaster. One, 44-year-old David Collins, was found dead at his home of apparent gunshot wounds. Two other bodies were found nearby in a burning pick-up truck. According to my count, during a six-day period, eight people were shot to death and six were wounded in New Hampshire. That total doesn't include the two bodies found in the pick-up truck since the cause of their death was not revealed.
What caused this spate of violence? Obviously, guns were part of the equation. All these people were killed with guns. According to the Boston Globe (4/23/12), "New Hampshire has among the most lax gun control laws in the country"
In reading what they wrote here you would think that since NH has "among the most lax gun control laws in the country" that we're one of the most dangerous places to live.
While they sensationalize on several crimes, over all facts do not support what Blue Hampshire is claiming.
For starters if you look at gun violence per 100,000 population NH has the lowest rate of gun violence in the country coming in at .43%. Compare that to NY 2.67, MA 1.53% or Illinois 4.59%. All three of those states have far more stringent gun laws and yet they have far more violence then we do. In fact every state in the country has more gun violence then we do, so if anything those "lax gun control laws" are helping, not harming.
What is also interesting to consider is the over all percentage of homicides using guns. Based on 2004 data 30.8% of all homicides were with a gun, 23.1% were knife and 46.2% were "other".
What does that tell you? Fewer then one third of all homicides in NH, which already has the lowest rate in the country, involved guns, which as Blue Hampshire argues are far too easy to attain.
Looking back on the three other states, New York, Massachusetts and Illinois, they were 57.8%, 58.1% and 75.2% respectively.
Given these facts, the assertion made by Blue Hampshire just doesn't hold up and if anything the opposite is true. The fact we do have lax gun laws has made NH a safer place.
I suppose if you wanted to sensationalize to support your argument you could likewise claim that on Sept 9th, 2011 2,996 people died as a direct result of attacks carried out by box cutters by a group of religious extremists. Or on November, 18 1978 918 people were murdered including over 200 children as a result of drinking poisoned cool-aid in a massacre known as the Jamestown massacre also carried out by religious extremists.
Should we ban all region as well as a result of actions of a few bad examples? Whenever Muslim extremists are brought up the left is often quick to point out that not all Muslims are terrorists but yet they use that same broad brush to attack gun owners.
The two largest mass murders ever carried out in this country where the two I mentioned and neither of them involved guns.
In the case of Chief Maloney he was serving a drug related warrant.
I could sit here all night listing one example after another of drug related crimes or cases of otherwise good people who have had their lives ruined because they wanted a little marijuana.
That's the real problem here. History does repeat itself and instead of learning from prohibition we created an even worse criminal underground by outlawing a weed that can be grown anywhere. Drugs are what lead to Chieg Maloney's death.
Are the deaths that keep adding up day after day and the money taken from tax payers used to fight this war on drugs and to imprison people who's only crime was to do something to their own bodies worth it to outlaw a substance that is natural and grows wild and causes similar effects as alcohol worth it?