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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“In the United States, there are 3.2 gun homicides per 100,000 “
Well yeah, limit the stats to a particular tool and the numbers get skewed to where the tool is common. Duh.
We like to shoot guns because it’s fun.
So we can make sure other HELL HOLES stay safe....
A bit different light on things now?
It makes no difference if the murder rate is by guns or other means. If guns were banned there is absolutely no evidence our murder rate would decrease. Our gun murder rate may decrease, but other tools of murders would likely rise.
“Compare the rate of murder by gun in the United States to the rate in any other advanced industrial nation”
Notice the use of the word “advanced industrial” to intentionally exclude countries like Mexico that have high gun murder rates even though guns are banned.
Because we are the land of the free and the home of the brave
Lanza did not snap. He meticulously planned and executed mass murder. His is the face of pure, unadulterated evil!
Many of the other mentioned countries have relied on the USA for defense over the years.
Well, the USA may bristle with guns, but mine were lost in that rragic canoe accident.
Look at this sloppy lard-ass freak and read his history, why even reply / react to him?
The same reason Americans have so many cars, boats, ATVs, computers, RVs, second homes, big screen TVs and college educations.
Because they are our Liberty Teeth and the fact that the last defense against tyranny is an armed citizenry.
Other countries use more primitive tools to murder.
Conservative estimate for TX is 2 privately owned guns for every man woman and child in the state. Some families have none. Others many.
One word... Rwanda.
Our population is far more diverse than any of the other advanced industrial nations.
Harold Meyerson (@HaroldMeyerson) tweeted at 9:29pm - 22 Oct 12:
A tragedy that in a prosperous nation, times are so hard, says Mitt. That’s why we need redistribution.
“Why does America have so many guns?”
Because we are citizens, not subjects. Or, because we true Americans understand that guns are real power; not the artificial power created by legislation, or resolutions, or court decisions, or even money, and that the fundamental balance of power between citizens and government must favor the citizens. Perhaps, in light of that, because it would be sub-moronic not to.
Ummm...to protect ourselves from people like you.
So many guns for ultimate protection against federal, state and local givernment..
Sure they can still kill you but you can one or two of them with you..
Many forget how powerful the North Vietnamese were against over whelming forces..
But you also need to propagandize the traitorous members of your family and neighbors as well..
propaganda primer-—>> http://evansayet.com/blog/
It’s a big country. Three days can pass before you even get out of Texas....
A lot of countries like the idea of disarming everybody. And that is one way to reduce gun violence.
Our founders chose a different route — to arm everybody, thus still keeping a level playing field, and discouraging the government from overruning the citizens.
But in recent years, too many of our citizens have lost interest in defending themselves. And because of that, the criminals have gotten a free pass, and are killing more and more people more brazenly.
Because in our system of government, it won’t work if the law-abiding citizens crawl into holes and expect government to do everything. So those people who expect government to change their diapers are all upset that government can’t protect them — so instead of doing the sane thing, they want to disarm everybody.
One thing is clear — we’ll never have a genocide in this country. Because when we see it starting, people will rise up and stop it. Other countries, it was easy to commit atrocities, since the ruling class had all the guns.
If we had concealed carry for airplanes on 9/11, it is likely the death toll suffered by our country would have been less. EVEN WITH NO WEAPONS, one plane was able to overcome their attackers and stop their plane from it’s target.
And isn't it interesting that the government and the media don't include other people who conducted mass slaughter of civilians, including children, in the discussion. Somehow bombers, like McVeigh, or air hijackers like the perpetrators of the 9/11 attack aren't included. But didn't some evil guys with box cutters kill way more people on 9/11? And didn't McVeigh bomb a day care center in the Murrow Federal Building?
Of course if your goal is to attack gun owners you wouldn't include those non gun assaults, which were much more deadly, in the discussion. Also excluded, no doubt for the same reason, is a discussion of children killed in other ways as a direct result of mental illness - like the two kids pushed into traffic on I-495 in 2008 by their aunt who suffered some kind of mental illness.
We all are familiar with Stalin, Hitler and Mao. All fans of unarmed citizenry.
Chiang Kai-shek (China: 1928-49)
Enver Pasha (Turkey: 1913-18)
Hirohito (Japan: 1926-89)
Hirota Koki (Japan: 1936-37)
Ho Chi Minh (North Vietnam: 1945-69)
Kim Il Sung (North Korea: 1948-94)
Lenin (USSR: 1917-24)
Leopold II (Belgium: 1865-1909)
Nicholas II (Russia: 1894-1917)
Pol Pot (Cambodia: 1975-79)
Saddam Hussein (Iraq: 1969- )
Tojo Hideki (Japan: 1941-44)
Wilhelm II (Germany: 1888-1918)
Yahya Khan (Pakistan: 1969-71)
Idi Amin (Uganda: 1971-80)
Ion Antonescu (Romania: 1940-44)
Ataturk (Turkey: 1920-38)
Francisco Franco (Spain: 1939-75)
Gheoghe Gheorghiu-Dej (Romania: 1945-65)
Yakubu Gowon (Nigeria: 1966-76)
Radovan Karadzic (Serbian Bosnia: 1991-96)
Babrac Kemal (Afghanistan: 1979-87)
Le Duan (Vietnam: 1976-86)
Haile Mengistu (Ethiopia: 1974-91)
Benito Mussolini (Italy: 1922-43)
Ante Pavelic (Croatia: 1941-45)
Antonio de Salazar (Portugal: 1932-68)
Hadji Suharto (Indonesia: 1967-97)
Tito (Yugoslavia: 1945-80)
They have slow trains in Ireland, too.
Why does America have so many bad newspapers and COMMUNIST PROPAGANDISTS? The people of Ukraine in his beloved Soviet Union did not have enough guns, things did NOT turn out so well for them indeed!
Because we can. So, get bent.
Everyone knows democrats lie. They're not going to admit to owning guns.
Two words — Pol Pot
Speak to the demographics, punk.
I’m not in Ireland and I wasn’t on a train. Morning to morning and dusk to dusk it still takes three days to travel across Texas. There’s a ditty about that and I sure wish I could remember it.
>> In the United States, there are 3.2 gun homicides per 100,000
And what percentage of those homicides were caused by Obama voters?
The Democrats already know what the master plan is, so of course they lie and say they have no guns at home. Why on earth would any reasonably intelligent conservative tell some one who is obviously a political pollster that they have a weapon at home or any where else.
This is how data is is collected and later acted on.
I was referring to an old joke:
“Texas is so big, that you can be in Texas, on a train and go to sleep one day, wake up the next day and go to sleep that night, and wake up on the third day and still be in Texas.”
“We have slow trains in Ireland, too.”
Oh my, I think we are talking about the same thing! Thanks for being so patient! Sorry you don’t have faster trains and more guns in Ireland. :(
Brits have been dis-arming colonies for centuries. Yeah, I know...Ireland tried.
1. because we can.
2. because freedom ain’t free.
3. Be Prepared.
4. Spare parts.
5. Variety is the spice of life.
6. couldn’t pass up the “Buy 2, Get one Free” offer...
7. You don’t wear the same socks all week....
8. Different guns have different purposes and abilities.
9. Because there are so many criminals that are deterred by not wanting to get shot prcticing their craft.
10. Becase the right to self-defense is inherent in the inalienable right to life every person has, given to them by God Almighty.
“Because we fear our government.”
Because we fear ALL government.
Clower was good, but I always preferred Justin Wilson.
"Sorry, that's a southern thing."
Justin is a "Louisiana thing"..... :^)
You know, that's a good point. Just ban all Dems from owing firearms. Problem solved.
Germany 1939-1945: 1 million murdered per year.
Russia 1917-1950: 1 million murdered per year.
China 1945 - 1980 1 million murdered per year.
Gee, maybe the US murder rate isn't so bad after all...
1975-1979 Cambodia 1 million murdered per year
...and they all enforced strict gun control
Why does America have so many guns?
No further explanation needed.
Meyerson asks why Americans have so many guns. My answer: to protect ourselves from people, leftists, like Meyerson.
Why? Because the Democratic Party makes a lot of money promoting their sale.