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Why does America have so many guns?
The Washington Post ^ | 19 December 2012 | Harold Meyerson

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 you’re 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 it’s easier to pick up a gun and start shooting here than in any comparable country.

And yet, I’ve 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 don’t argue that there’s 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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KEYWORDS: banglist; commieagitprop; gunownership; guns; strawman
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why does America have so much debt?


101 posted on 12/20/2012 5:31:52 AM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: MinorityRepublican

“Why does America have so many guns?”

Because we can.


102 posted on 12/20/2012 8:01:41 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: TangoLimaSierra

I’ll go for IDing if you can ban Democrats from gun ownership.


103 posted on 12/20/2012 9:41:40 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Because the day is coming when we’ll need them to survive against enemies both foreign and domestic.


104 posted on 12/20/2012 9:54:48 AM PST by crosshairs (It's all about good vs evil. In the end, evil is destroyed.)
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To: MtnClimber
Well, the USA may bristle with guns, but mine were lost in that rragic canoe accident.

Me too, and now I can't replace them because the shelves have been emptied out.
105 posted on 12/20/2012 9:58:38 AM PST by crosshairs (It's all about good vs evil. In the end, evil is destroyed.)
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