Thanks to the President’s admission that he could have been Trayvon Martin, the Zimmerman trial remains the mainstream media’s teacher’s pet. But the seemingly endless post-verdict controversy about race is not the launch pad that gun control advocates are looking for. So they’re doing what they do, mutating their message until it finds some purchase in the popular imagination. You may have noticed the latest trend: gun control as “gun safety.” As we reported earlier, the Centers for Disease Control are hoovering funds provided by Presidential Executive Order to study “gun violence” as a public health crisis. Out in California, the group now known as Napa Common Sense Gun Safety is organizing a Gun Safety Day. ‘Cause suicides. Check the logic . . .
Over the past 3 years, 83 percent of the firearms deaths in Napa County result from suicide and 40 percent of all suicides in Napa County are accomplished using firearms (according to Napa County Coroner’s Office and County Health Status Profiles 2012 Cal Dept. of Public Health).
Nationally, 85 percent of all suicide attempts using firearms are successful, far ahead of any other method of attempted suicide. Yet 90 percent of those who survive a suicide attempt, by any means, never attempt suicide again. Guns are simply far more lethal than cutting, poisoning or suffocation (including hanging). Means matter.
In response to this and to the altogether too many massacres that have preceded very public suicides at Columbine and in Newtown, Conn., amongst many others, a group of concerned Napa County citizens is proposing a “2013 Napa County Gun Safety Day.”
The lack of linkage to statistical evidence to support those numbers is par for the disarmament course. [Note to napavalleyregister.com: stats matter.] But the idea that the Columbine and Newtown spree killers were “public suicides”—as opposed to, say, spree killers—-is a strange stretch.
I guess writer and organizer David Campbell (above) and his gun control compadres want to put as much “gun violence” under the mental health umbrella as possible, to make it more politically malleable. In the same sense that the Obama administration classified the Fort Hood massacre as “workplace violence” rather than an Islamic attack to avoid the truth about terrorists.
Gun control as suicide control. That’s a mean meme that’s picking up steam. It also flies in the face of the facts. For example, “gun free” Japan has a higher suicide rate than the United States. And here’s an interesting stat from the aforementioned CDC:
The greatest percentage of suicides among females ages 10 to 24 years occurred by suffocation (48.5%). The greatest percentage of suicides among females ages 25 to 64 years and 65 years and older occurred by poisoning (42.8%, and 36.1% respectively).
So all this focus on firearms-related suicides is sexist. Who knew? Ban rope? Anyway, make no mistake: this is one of those camel’s nose under the tent deals. “Gun safety” = “gun control.” Not that you would know it reading Mr. Campbell’s bullet points:
The citizen’s group, known as Napa Common Sense Gun Safety, believes that a Gun Safety Day is necessary:
• To increase awareness of the importance of gun safety.
• To remove from circulation unwanted or unused firearms from those who wish to tender them. These firearms would no longer be subject to theft, misuse or accidental discharge.
• To publicize the Sheriff’s Office’s ongoing program of receiving firearms and ammunition at any time year-round.
• To provide trigger locks and/or cable locks to county gun-owners who wish them.
• To highlight the fact that suicide is the major source of firearms deaths in Napa County. Removing stray guns may help prevent suicides.
• To provide a forum for strong, positive public interaction with local law enforcement agencies.
What’s wrong with any of that? You tell me. But before you answer, know this: Mr. Campbell owns Tillerman Tea (Steven Demetre Georgiou need apply). Campbell’s company’s webpage has a simple message front and center:
Please support common sense gun safety regulation in your nation, your state and your community; it’s a matter of life and death!
What was that about the road to hell?