Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Why The Tucson Massacre is Destined to Happen Again...

"They’re sitting at home, brooding, reading extremist websites and polishing their guns." "This will happen again. And again." http://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-tucson-massacre-will-happen-again-2011-01-10 Reasons why the Tucson Massacre will occur again



While unemployment hits many of us hard, it certainly takes a toll on men who are used to providing for their families and being the "bread winner". Coincidentally, the same day that the shooting in Tucson took place, the U.S. Labor Department published its monthly reports on unemployment. While unemployment and violence have no relation with one another, one could in turn be the effect of the other. The scarcity of jobs for people these days is at its peak compared to times before the recession hit. Because there is never scarcity amongst people, we will continue to see these issues arise. These stresses amongst others can drive people to do some pretty hainous things. As a result of the increasing amount of men without jobs, there becomes a great amount of people with way too much time on their hands. In addition to unemployment rates amongst men being high, gun purchases are sky rocketing like crazy. While these purchases do benefit those who distribute guns and their parts, it is hurting our society. Studies suggest that men are more likely to buy a gun than women are. The amount of people who obtained a check last year was 14.4 million or one for every 14 adults. With about 30% of men being unemployed the amount of checks made this year suffered a decrease. That then leaves a big gap in our nation's income rate making it to be 10 million checks for about 100 million men that are being spent on buying guns. Those same men without jobs are the same ones who are out there spending money that they don't have on guns. The dilemma then exists that we have way too many guns out there amongst men who don't have a care in the world. Because of the factors of scarcity amongst jobs, scarcity with the amount of checks coming in, and a scarce amount of men who are working, these same massacres will just repeat themselves, sadly.

7 comments:

kern said...

I think it is very interesting how you found something tying the current economic situation to the Arizona tragedy, again proving it's far reaching influence.

While it would seem logical that there is a direct correlation between the unemployment rate and the crime rate, that doesn't appear to be true. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the FBI, we had the lowest crime rate in years even as unemployment continued to rise last year.

I found this infographic very interesting in comparing the two http://awesome.good.is/transparency/web/1006/crime-and-unemployment/flat.html Definitely not what I would have expected nor what the article is implying will happen.

Smith said...

Why is demand for guns increasing with a high unemployment rate?

taylor said...

This is very scary and sad to know that these kinds of massacres will keep happening. We are already losing family members in the war, we do not need to lose any from our own citizens. I absolutely hate guns so I think they should be banned, but that is unrealiztic. As for the demands for guns increasing with high unemployment rate, this is most likely caused by more robbery. When some people are out of jobs and do not have a sufficient amount of money to afford their needs, they fall on stealing their needs. This will cause people to buy guns in order to "feel safe" in either their store or even household. It is understandable that a family would have a gun at home to protect themselves but it is sad that this world has come to that.

Also, what about the number of kids each year that get ahold of a gun and end up killing either parents, friends or classmates? Should guns be allowed at home if kids can get to them?

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Cara Sheffer said...

I think that it is unreasonable to link any certain situation to what happened in Arizona. In a New York Times post earlier this week, a man, who happens to be a part of the far left wing blamed the entire shooting on conservatives. Although the suspect of the incident hinted at being angry at an answer to a question by Congress woman, Gabrielle Giffords. Rep. Gifford happens to be part of the Democratic house. Therefore, I think that any economical or even political link to the shooting should not be made because of insulting speculation.

To add to what Taylor said, I think that guns should be allowed in a home but not to where a kid could get them just by walking into a room and picking them up. Although I am not against the possesion of guns, I believe that there should be some restraint on the right to bear arms.

Easton said...

I also feel that unless we learn from this incident it is going to happen again. I think that regardless of what we pretend it is still in many ways a political issue. After all what isn't these days? I think that its a major problem in the country that we argue and bicker all day long and get very little accomplished. Unfortunately that's the price we pay every day for living in a democracy. Its what is right and wrong about our country. Instead of focusing on the negative aspects and letting the shooting affect our spirit, we should come together and come up with ideas to help solve our economic, social, and international problems. After all isn't that what Americans are good at?

kinsey budagher said...

There is absolutely no connection between unemployment rate and a politically influenced massacre. There is absolutely no way to prove that people without jobs are more likely to purchase guns, the fact that you believe this is extremely ignorant. Your title is correct; however your reasoning is completely skewed. History will always be doomed to repeat itself if we do not take the time to learn about it. However to say that more and more people are more likely to attempt to assonate public officials because of scarcity? is incorrect. It can be a reasonable statement to say that people going through rough times are more likely to buy cigarettes or alcohol because that has been proven. However your leap from poverty to buying a gun makes absolutely no sense and has no facts to back you up. On another note, your reference to men being “bread winners” and what their egos being hurt by scarcity? Has no relevance to this subject. These are the facts; assignations have been happening since before the creation of the United States Lincoln in 1865, John F. Kennedy in 1963, James A. Garfield in 1881, and Martin Luther King in 1968. By saying that these murders happened due to scarcity is wrong, so what makes the Tucson massacre relate to scarcity?