I had a visiting Canadian snowbird, who was a retired corrections officer, ask me why we Americans kill some many of our fellow citizens EVERY year.
Other than easy access to firearms, I could not answer his question.
Many US citizens look at the total number of murders committed in the US and gauge whether the murder rate is improving or rising.
What most people don't bother to check is the number of people who are shot and do not die due to great medical care.
I would estimate that for very murder in Baltimore City, that ten people are the victims of an attempted murder, who survive based on world class trauma care.
but what are you talking about here? petty theft is a crime as is shoplifting or stealing a car. Jumping a turn style in the subway is a crime.
No, what people are saying is that if you flood a society with guns and ammo a lot more people are going to get shot. Just as it is also true that if you have a gun in your home the chances of you getting shot skyrocket as was just illustrated, yet again, in Newtown.
We have the highest rate of gun-related violence, the highest number of murders, and the highest number of mass shootings when compared with other industrialized nations. Not surprisingly, or at least it shouldn't be surprising, we also have, by far, more guns in circulation than any of these industrialized countries. We also have way more guns per capita than any other industrialized country. We have easier access to semi-automatic weapons than any other industrialized country and are very lax in terms of the types of ammunition and magazines that people can buy.
That is what people are rightly pointing out. You can't seem to follow this argument. I don't know why. Or, maybe it just undercuts your worldview so you keep trying to dillute the topic.
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