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.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...
Because the gun is the tool and means of freedom.
Because we fear our government.
And government should fear the people.
People who snap and lose it probably read articles
Cuz we can
When you take out the major cities, America has a much lower crime rate than most other Western countries.
The USA is the arsenal of democracy.
Because fighting aggressors hand to hand is exhausting.
we are the melting pot of the world that has just about let the rest of the world take us over legally and illegally and we are about to melt down
Compare the rate of murder by gun or any other method 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 black people in this country than just about any other advanced industrial nation, or far more guns.
Control for that issue and get back to me on homicide rats.
Unarmed citizens are subjects not free men.
Is that minus their major cities as well?
Control for that issue and get back to me on homicide rates.
‘When you take out the major cities, America has a much lower crime rate than most other Western countries.’
So its not really every blade of grass but it is most blades of grass.
That, as my late daddy used to tell us when walking
in the woods, “Watch where you step!”.
Harold Meyerson - Born in Los Angeles, Meyerson was educated in the Los Angeles public schools and at Columbia University. The son of long time leaders in California of the Socialist Party of America. he was active in the 1970s in the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee.
How true. I have a list as long as your arm of other weapons I'd like to buy as soon as the financial picture improves. And I'm just a lady. I just figure that my daughter and I have the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and we can't enjoy those rights if we have to live in fear of being raped and/or murdered and/or robbed.
My little town had a murder almost 30 years ago. There was a shooting about 5 years ago but that was between people who aren’t locals.
I do have one of the Hutaree militia members about a half mile away but he’s no threat.
Harold, you useful idiot, it is because of people like you and your filthy rag that gun ownership is so high in the United States. You don’t really have a clue, do you?
1. Thugs need them so they can continue their illicit and deadly activity instead of getting a real job.
2. The honest citizens need them because the Founding Fathers knew that someday we would have a president who had disdain for the Constitution, would pee on it, and would make laws as he wished.
And what is more dangerous than citizens with guns? Leftist governments who ban guns. In the last 100 years Leftist governments have killed about 150 million of their own citizens. More than all wars during the same timeframe. Some report the dead by leftist governments as 250 million. Zer0’s buddy Bill Ayres discussed his communist plans with the Chinese leftists and they told him he would need to kill about 25 million US citizens who would not accept communism. It is even in his own book “Prairie Fire” as well as in reports from a FBI undercover agent. I thinlk Zero0 is not new, he is just like previous leftists in that he wants gun control so no one can fight back.
God created man, Sam Colt made them Equal.
I'd like to know why we've got so many damned, braindead liberals. Okay, I know, recreational drugs, but that can't account for all of them.
Because we are crazy, because ET has some nasty enemies as well, because planet Earth is populated by humanoids who exist to survive. And guns are very good survival tools.
Even against possible alien invaders.
The never ending gun gab attempt is largely driven by global interests. Everybody wants what America has but we bristle with guns.
Note that the article very carefully compares ONLY "gun homicides", instead of total homicides. Evidently the WP thinks being murdered with a gun makes the victim deader than murder with some other implement of violence.
I recently bought ammo for the nanny that watches my grandbabies. Daughter joins her and pays for range time.
My daughter, the grandbabies, and the nanny deserve to live and thrive. All I can do is push a little practice ammo that way to encourage that. Besides what I did, instilling those values when daughter was a bratling herself.
She found out at Thanksgiving that the first rifle she shot was an AR-7. She never knew what it was, before. It was a bonding moment. I still have it. She'll inherit it.
Those who are not afraid of the truth know that he just answered his own question right there.
Because we’re Americans.
Break down the rates of murder and violence by ethnicity and national origin and one finds a non-PC pattern. The American descendants of Europeans have rates like that of Europe, with Americans descended from other continents having rates of violence similar to those of where their ancestors came from. Meanwhile, US states with strong civil commitment laws experience about a third less the rate of personal violence and murder than states with weak civil commitment laws. And states with permissive concealed carry laws have lower rates of violent crime and far fewer spree killings.
Back before the 1960s there were no gun laws. Everyone’s pay barely covered the necessities for life.
Now there is extra paper money and people can afford more.
Jerry Clower, from Liberty, Mississippi could explain how you can't get no deader than stone-cold-dead, right there.
Sorry, that's a southern thing.
So what. Most of the gun murders are perpetrated by Democrats.
America has so many guns because it’s a guaranteed right in the Constitution...Why do you ask such simple questions???
That’s a good question. I don’t know the answer to that, but as many will testify here who dont live in the big cities, they often go months or years between murders.
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Communists, they are coming out of the woodwork more and more these days. Remember a time where a Commie would hide the fact that they were a Commie..now they are free and clear about their intentions..I guess when you have a Commie in the White House it makes a Commie feel pretty good about themselves. Apparently the 2nd Amendment means nothing to these buffoons
Well, it's a point, but I'm not sure it's a valid one. However, Harold, by the same token, ever hear of Lenin, Mao Ze Tung, Pol Pot? How about Hitler, Mugabe, Idi Amin, Assad, etc., etc., etc.???
The Founding Fathers knew the dangers of a strong central government and intentionally created a system built on the concept of the balance of power.
The balance of power is the reason for the Second Amendment and the balance of power is why so many Americans have so many weapons. To guard against the actions of gun-grabbing nanny-state bedwetters like you and the leftists you love.
It's all about the balance of power, Harold. Get used to it . . . . . . . . . or MOVE to one of those tyrant-controlled nations you seem to admire where the people don't have guns, but the tyrants at the top do!
If you disregard gun murders in the U.S., and just take the numbers for all other methods of murder (strangulation, knife, blunt object, etc.) we still have a rate of 1.8 per 100,000.
Compare that to the U.K., where the murder rate of all methods combined, INCLUDING gun murders, is 1.1 per 100,000.
So, yeah, these stats show that we have a violent culture, but it also shows that guns aren't the cause. Law abiding gun owners use guns to protect themselves and others from the violent culture.
Oh, yeah, and our founding documents acknowledge that we have the God given right to own guns. Any other argument is moot.
We like to shoot guns because it’s fun.