I have been hearing for weeks now guns this, guns that. Those nasty guns! And who needs more than 10
bullets to hit a deer? Then “the left” starts with the automatic weapons. Who needs an automatic weapon?
Why do we need guns?

Well, let’s apply some common sense here. Let’s stop the hysteria and get to real facts.
First, the loss of any life including those precious young kids is unacceptable. My heart goes out to those families. BUT STOP BLAMING THE GUNS!
I have yet to hear any stories where a gun, sitting in a drawer or on a table, went off and killed someone as they walked by.    Never!    However, I have heard MANY stories about how someone with a mental disorder used the gun of a law-abiding citizen and killed someone. I have also heard of car-jacked vehicles killing someone. And I have also heard of people being beat with a tire iron or baseball bat.

You say, “Joe, you’re being ridiculous. You can kill and maim so many more with a gun. Really?!
So, when the 77 year-old drove his car through the Third Street Promenade killing 12 and hurting
many others, did we pull licenses from all 77 year-olds?

Why haven’t we raised the driving age or banned ALL teenagers from having phones with text capabilities.
It’s the number one killer of teens.

When gun bans were put in place during the Clinton administration violent gun crimes didn’t stop or drop at all!
Over the last 30 years guns sales are up over 40%. Crime, however, is down overall. HELLO! Numbers count. You have to take the emotion out of it.
In Los Angeles County alone 4 million guns have been sold over the last 10 years. Crime? It’s dropped.
Why aren’t gun related deaths and violence up exponentially with all these additional guns?

Because guns are NOT The problem!

In Florida, Texas, and other places where gun permits are easier to obtain crime drops. Take out the emotion look at the numbers.   HELLO! Criminals don’t follow the law. That’s why they are called criminals and why they do time.

California dealers sold 600,000 guns in 2011, only 350,000 in 2002, according to records of sales tallied by the California attorney general’s office.
The number of hospitalizations in California due to gun injuries DROPPED roughly 28 percent, from about 4,000 in 2002 to 2,900 in 2011, according to records newly collected by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development.  Gun-related deaths in California fell 13 percent over the same period, from 3,200 to about 2,800, according to the California Department of Public Health.  According to Mark Kleiman, a UCLA public policy professor who has written on guns and crime, the most likely group to be killed or hurt by guns are young men.
Imagine a whole community of old women who all owned guns for protection. How many violent gun incidents do you think we would have? How many silver-on-silver-haired violence incidents would we have?
I personally believe there would be NONE!
There are over 211 million guns owned in the United States. There are almost 350 million people living in the United States. If we use the logic and numbers thrown out by “the left”, we should have a major incident with multiple deaths nearly every 13 minutes!
Many crimes are committed using stolen guns. 40% of the guns used in crimes are stolen or purchased on the street illegally according to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
So for those of you who think that banning any kind of gun, hand gun or assault rifle is going to help. Just check out what’s happening in Chicago and Washington DC. Crime is up.
The numbers don’t lie. Tougher gun laws equal more violence and deadly crime. Reasonable gun laws that allow law-abiding citizens to protect themselves equal less crime.
The gun issue is just another distraction from the real problem… our Legislators!!!

Joe Messina
National syndicated host of
The Real Side Radio Show

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Joe is a no-nonsense, conservative realist. He is not interested in “what if?” or “we could have!” He is interested in hearing both sides and has no problem taking on taboo issues with real questions looking for real answers. Racism, religion, and politics are all open season for topics, and he’s happy to offer up his opinion in the process! Joe is an engaging speaker mixing a healthy dose of sarcasm with the cold, hard facts, interacting with the audience, taking questions, and often playing “devil’s advocate”… just to make you to think! Actively engaged in community, church, and politics for well over a decade, Joe enjoys the reputation of being a man of integrity and ethics. He has had several successful businesses and held several executive positions with various Fortune 1000 companies. He is often sought after to teach classes his “black and white breakdown” of business ethics. If you like to “stir the pot” a little and you don’t want to hear any more political correctness, Joe is your guy! Just name a topic… politics, religion, racism, or most any current event. Joe can be heard daily across the airwaves and over the internet on several stations.

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