Skip to comments.Why does America have so many guns?
Posted on 12/19/2012 7:34:08 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation, and youre forced to draw one of two conclusions: Either there are far more homicidal people in this country than just about anyplace else on Earth, or far more guns. We must either be home to more people who succumb to murderous rage or who kill out of the coldest of calculations, or its easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country.
And yet, Ive never heard even the staunchest gun advocate make the case that Americans are inherently more homicidal than everyone else. They repeat ad nauseum that people, not guns, kill people; but they dont argue that theres something about Americans that make them kill more than their counterparts in other nations.
Meanwhile, look at the numbers. In the United States, there are 3.2 gun homicides per 100,000 residents every year. Switzerland has the next highest rate of any advanced Western democracy, at 0.7 per 100,000. After Switzerland, the rate drops to 0.5 in Ireland and Canada; 0.4 in Sweden and Finland; 0.2 in New Zealand, Spain and Germany; 0.1 in France, Britain and Australia; and a flat 0 in Japan.
Want to argue that we have 32 times the rate of dangerous mental illness that they have in Australia? That Americans are characterologically 16 times more murderous than Spaniards or Germans? I thought not.
But in America, people who snap are a hell of a lot more likely to have a gun close by. The rate of gun ownership in the United States is 89 per every 100 people. No other advanced society has a rate even close to that.
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Why does America have so much debt?
“Why does America have so many guns?”
Because we can.
I’ll go for IDing if you can ban Democrats from gun ownership.
Because the day is coming when we’ll need them to survive against enemies both foreign and domestic.
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