December 27, 2013
Yesterday, South Carolina’s governor Nikki Haley excitedly tweeted about the Christmas gift her husband got her – a Beretta PX4 Storm.
Our family had a wonderful Christmas together! I must have been good Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm. http://t.co/QtRbyFU6CT
— Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) December 26, 2013
The tweet wasn’t greeted with holiday cheer. Rather, gun-fearing Twitter users wished ill will on Haley, with one suggesting she use the pistol to shoot herself.
— Industry Rule 4080 (@IndRule4080) December 26, 2013
“Please God, use it on yourself. Like before New Years,” one user responded.
Another person “hoped” Haley doesn’t “accidentally shoot someone” in her family, then admitted that scenario wouldn’t particularly phase him.
@nikkihaley I hope you don't accidentally shoot someone in your family with it. Actually, I don't really care either way.
— Blue Majority (@BlueMajority) December 27, 2013
Others claimed Haley’s tweet “promoted murder” and that she was gifted “an agent of death.” Of course, according to these folks, guns in the hands of police are “instruments of peace.”
— Edward (@ejc8713) December 27, 2013
@nikkihaley How sad he thought there was nothing more appropriate in all of South Carolina for you than an agent of death.
— Jon Maas (@jondmaas) December 26, 2013
So let’s try to sort this out. On the one hand, it’s fine for a gun proponent to use a gun, but only if it’s to shoot themselves. On the other, guns are bad because they kill people. Take a second to stop your head from spinning.
Purposely ignored, of course, are the countless instances in which members of the public have used guns to protect and defend homes and businesses from potentially deadly attackers. The website GunsSaveLives.net attempts to map out incidents in which guns have been used in self defense.
Additionally, a 1993 National Self-Defense Survey conducted by Dr. Gary Kleck, a Professor of Criminology at Florida State University, found that “defensive use of guns is pretty common and probably more common that criminal uses of guns.”
“Our results ended up indicating, depending on which figures you prefer to use, anywhere from 800,000 on up to 2.4, 2.5 million defensive uses of guns against human beings – not against animals – by civilians each year,” Kleck concluded.