Ask Deepak: Gun Violence

America has gone over the edge with gun ownership. In the United States, we have 88 guns per 100 people, while in Yemen — the closest society to us in terms of gun ownership — there is 56 guns per 100 people.

Why do you need assault weapons for hunting and fishing? Why is it that someone can buy 6000 rounds of ammunition over the internet — as the Colorado killer did — and get away with it legally?

The second ammendment was created to give the militia the freedom to create a free state, so the right to bear arms was out of necessity to get rid of oppression by a government that was no longer acceptable. Remember too that the arms in those days were muskets — guns that took a long time to aim and fire (and usualy miss) — nothing like the automatic weapons we have today.

So, what can we do about gun violence in the United States? Is gun control the answer? What does it say about ourselves to use and own these weapons? Here’s my take:

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About Deepak Chopra

Time Magazine heralded Deepak Chopra as one of the 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credited him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." Entertainment Weekly described Deepak Chopra as "Hollywood's man of the moment, one of publishing's best-selling and most prolific self-help authors." He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 100 audio, video and CD-Rom titles. He has been published on every continent and in dozens of languages. Fifteen of his books have landed on the New York Times Best-seller list. Toastmaster International recognized him as one of the top five outstanding speakers in the world. Through his over two decades of work since leaving his medical practice, Deepak continues to revolutionize common wisdom about the crucial connection between body, mind, spirit, and healing. His mission of "bridging the technological miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east" remains his thrust and provides the basis for his recognition as one of India's historically greatest ambassadors to the west. Chopra has been a keynote speaker at several academic institutions including Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Business School and Wharton.His latest book is "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul."

Comments

  1. Since 1991 the number if privately owned firearms has increased by 70-74 million and the nations violent crime rate has decreased 38% and the nations murder rate has decreased 43%.

    You would save more people if you would out law smoking or make cars safer. Just because theses shootings grabs the medias attention doesn't mean that guns are the number one killer far from it.

    If you actually study the notes and journals from the founder fathers you can see that their intent was clear. The people must be armed to prevent a tyrannical government from oppressing the people they govern and you can not do that with a musket.

  2. Since 1991 the number if privately owned firearms has increased by 70-74 million and the nations violent crime rate has decreased 38% and the nations murder rate has decreased 43%.
    Smoking kills way more people than guns.