If anti-gun politicians and liberals in general have their way, U.S. gun laws will be more like those in Jamaica. To own a firearm in Jamaica, a citizen must obtain a gun license and pay an annual fee that most cannot afford.
That makes it virtually impossible for the average Jamaican to own a firearm – or even afford ammo. In the minds of liberals, that is a huge success and a model for the United States.
Examination of the facts tells a different story. Globally, firearms are used to commit about 30 percent of all murders. In Jamaica, firearms account for 80 percent of all murders. That is in a nation of about 3 million, but only about 45,000 of whom are licensed to own firearms. Safe to say the number who legally carry pistols for self-defense is much smaller.
So, in a nation where firearms mostly are not available to the general public and most people do not own guns, the murder rate involving firearms nearly is three times worse than the global average.
Many who support the Second Amendment argue an armed society is a polite society due to the prevalence of pocket pistols, concealed guns, and those openly carried. Knowing virtually anyone might have, and at least some likely legally will possess, firearms often deters criminal gunplay, is how the argument goes.
There is a lot of evidence affirming that notion, including Jamaican violence. With relatively few Jamaicans legally possessing firearms, gun violence should be less than and not more than the global average if availability of firearms is the true problem. Instead, the murder rate with firearms greatly exceeds the global average.
Yet, those opposed to the Second Amendment say firearms legally sold in the United States directly causes the high murder rate in Jamaica. They conveniently ignore the true causes – poverty, corruption, and scarcity of legally owned firearms. Those same conditions are commonplace in the worst urban shooting galleries in the United States.
Yet, anti-gun liberals in the United States blame “lax” gun laws in the United States for street violence in Jamaica. The relative ease of access to firearms in the United States makes it far too easy for people to illegally buy and smuggle firearms into Jamaica, liberals are claiming.
As proof The New York Times recently published a blatantly anti-gun piece entitled: “One Handgun, 9 Murders: How American Firearms Cause Carnage Abroad.”
The story describes a young female U.S. citizen who illegally entered Jamaica and brought a firearm with her. There, she allegedly committed at least nine murders tied to the gun.
Anti-gun liberals and The New York Times blame gun laws in the United States and not lax border enforcement in Jamaica. They say “hundreds of thousands of guns sold in the United States vanish because of loose American gun laws” and claim “many reappear in Jamaica, turning its streets into battlefields.”
Just how many guns? They have no idea.
The one anecdotal case cited by The New York Times is that of a female who several years ago stowed away aboard some vessel sailing from somewhere in the United States to Jamaica. She illegally entered Jamaica and brought with her a Browning 9mm pistol. There she used the pistol to commit several likely gang-related murders before local police eventually recovered the firearm.
Tracing its history shows a U.S. farmer legally bought the gun 24 years ago. Because the U.S. does not have a gun registry, anti-gun liberals say that firearm essentially disappeared – just like hundreds of thousands of others.
The firearm obviously did not disappear. It either was stolen or was sold via a private sale at some time. Given the hands in which it wound up, there is an excellent chance it was stolen from a lawful gun owner, and wound up in the female thug’s illegal hands.
Blaming U.S. gun laws for someone illegally acquiring and smuggling the firearm into a crime- and corruption-riddled foreign nation is absurd. But that is exactly what anti-gun liberals in the United States and abroad are doing.
They even cite the laughable New York Times article as affirmation – an article in which the writer fully admits he does not know how the woman obtained the firearm.
The writer also affirms the woman illegally entered Jamaica and smuggled the handgun in with her. Yet, the anti-gun crowd ignores the real causes, and focuses solely on a blatantly illegal firearm.