"With so many gunowners in Texas, it must be a very dangerous place"

I live in El Paso, TX and maybe 10 years ago a friend from England was planning to visit me. His girlfriend expressed concern, "what with so many gunowners in Texas, it must be a very dangerous place." The timing was perfect in that sometime near 2010, El Paso had received an award for being the safest large city (500,000+) in the country, and immediately across the Rio Grande River is Juarez, MX … a city designated the most dangerous big city in the world!

 

Think about that. El Paso, a city in a country where gun possession is legal and many citizens are armed with or own guns, legally, and we win an award for being the safest big city. Immediately across the border in a large city in Mexico where strict gun laws prevent the legal possession and ownership of guns by citizens, and violence is higher than any other large city in the world. Why haven't gun rights advocates used this as an example?

Comments

Dino Manalis Added Feb 11, 2019 - 2:32pm
 It depends on who has the firearms, responsible people or irresponsible troublemakers.
Whiskey River Added Feb 11, 2019 - 2:34pm
Bill
You notice your fake Mexican never mentions gun ownership as one of the reasons El Paso is a safe place to live? Beto never mentions the fact that barriers and a much larger border enforcement force has helped keep El Paso relatively safe while the murder rate in Juarez has soared either. The fake Mexican is anti gun, wants open borders, could that be the reason he does not want little facts like that coming out? 
Unrepentant Added Feb 11, 2019 - 3:08pm
Who the fuck would go to that slimy shithole on purpose? lol
opher goodwin Added Feb 11, 2019 - 3:09pm
Well I've lived nearly 70 years in the UK - never seen a gun or heard of anyone being shot that I know off. I lived in the US for one year - saw two shoot-outs in the carpark at the shopping mall, had a gun pointed at me and one of my students shot on the way to school. That about says it all for me.
I think every signpost I passed in California, Nevada and Arizona had bullet-holes in it.
Give me the UK any day. The USA is too damn crazy.
opher goodwin Added Feb 11, 2019 - 3:10pm
Oh - and we had the front windows of our school blown out in a drive by shooting. Great!
Bill H. Added Feb 11, 2019 - 10:54pm
I was shot in the leg back in 1969 while I was backpacking out of Onion Valley in California and "mistaken for a deer" by a drunk redneck from Bishop California and his plastered buddy. Luckily I was only grazed and was still able to continue my hike to Rae Lakes with only a small bandage.
One night on the trail did require a few gulps of Peach Brandy and a toke or two of Acapulco Gold, which I kept rolled up in my down sleeping bag.
My only testament to loose gun regulations, not to mention that these guys were way out of the normal shooting boundaries.
And, I do own several guns, but admit to being a "responsible gun owner" who believes we need tighter background checks.
Sorry, Boys!
Mustafa Kemal Added Feb 11, 2019 - 11:02pm
Opher,
"I think every signpost I passed in California, Nevada and Arizona had bullet-holes in it."
 
In the early 80 when driving up the hill to Los Alamos Lab 
there was a place where a highway sign of  a cow was perch ontop of a rock.   My buddy and I carpooled and when he would drive I would take out my pistol and, if there was no one else there, take a few shots at that cow.
 
Viva Rio Arriba!
Jeffry Gilbert Added Feb 12, 2019 - 12:03am
Who the fuck would go to that slimy shithole on purpose? lol
 
Agreed. 
 
Calling a very large small town a city is hilarious as well. 
 
Ward Tipton Added Feb 12, 2019 - 8:00am
With over three hundred million guns in the US being lawfully owned ... rough figures by the way ... and what? Billions of rounds of ammunition? 
 
If legal gun owners were as bad as the press would have us believe, there would not be any Statists left. 
Unrepentant Added Feb 12, 2019 - 12:45pm
Smell Pisso, Texas!
opher goodwin Added Feb 12, 2019 - 1:27pm
Lol Mogg - life in the UK is pretty good. I've lived in both places. I like to visit the States but living there is a different matter.