Emily has written a marvelous account of President Obama’s remarks on his executive actions on gun control, tears and all. Now take a look at the beginning of the White House’s “Fact Sheet” on the subject:
Gun violence has taken a heartbreaking toll on too many communities across the country. Over the past decade in America, more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence—and millions more have been the victim of assaults, robberies, and other crimes involving a gun. Many of these crimes were committed by people who never should have been able to purchase a gun in the first place. Over the same period, hundreds of thousands of other people in our communities committed suicide with a gun and nearly half a million people suffered other gun injuries.
While the Obama Administration makes big a note of “more than 100,000 people have been killed as a result of gun violence” it then tries to get us not to notice that “hundreds of thousands of other people in our communities committed suicide with a gun”.
Hundreds of thousands of other people? What the Obama Administration is trying to not to tell us is that more people who die from bullets die by their own hand than that of someone else. Suicides account for 60% of gun deaths in this country. In fact, gun homicides in this country have been declining.
Now the Obama Administration is proposing $500 million in additional spending to increase access to mental health care. Of course, the devil is in the details. Over how many years is that money to be invested? What does increased access to mental health care mean? Does it mean a greater availability of hospital beds? Does it mean it will be easier to confine people who are a threat to themselves and possibly others on a longer term basis?
It’s possible that this money for mental health care could be put to good use, but when the federal government gets involved strings are sure to follow.
Despite the fact that gun homicides continue to decline even under this administration, it is President Obama’s agenda to convince Americans that we cannot be trusted to own firearms.