Friday, June 19, 2015

Gun Happy: US leads world in gun ownership and deaths

                                      Good Day World!

Another senseless slaughter.

A 21 year-old old white man walks into a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and murders nine people in cold blood.

So many questions.

Why is this happening? Why is America’s gun culture so strong? Why can’t we control guns? Why is it so easy to get a gun, no matter who you are?

And, will we ever be able to curb the growing gun causalities with the likes of the NRA stopping any safety/gun control laws with the help of it’s corporate backers? 

Facts – Not rhetoric:

The United States has more guns and gun deaths than any other developed country in the world, researchers found.

A study by two New York City cardiologists found that the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people - more than any of the other 27 developed countries they studied.

Here’s how it breaks down:

List of countries by firearm-related death rate

" Americans are 20 times as likely to die from gun violence as citizens of other civilized countries." (source)

* The United States has more firearms per capita, the most permissive gun control laws and a disproportionate amount of firearm-related deaths from homicides, suicides and accidents. (source)

* It seems like a relatively obvious equation: The weaker the gun laws and the higher the rate of gun ownership in a given state, the more deaths from gun violence that state will see. (source)

* States With Most Gun Deaths Have High Gun Ownership And Weak Gun Laws, Report Shows (source)

* Another recent report from researchers at Johns Hopkins and Stanford Universities found a positive link in all 50 states between right-to-carry laws and a rise in violent crimes.

Time for me to walk on down the road…


1 comment:

Bobby I. Jones said...

The USA needs to be more careful about who gets guns at least. Some people simply do not need a firearm, and if you disagree with that, you're probably one of the people who doesn't need one.

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