snoqueen wrote:And still they claim other countries don't think we're crazy?
A major industrialized country putting up with this massive public health issue, licensing and regulation failure, product safety void, and giant private-industry lobbying effort is what's crazy.
It's time to ramp this down, not crank it up even more.
PS: jgp, when you're on a roll you are one of the funniest writers on this board.
Yeah Kurt's statistics are food for thought. So are these:
60% of gun deaths in the United States are suicide.
Japan has a population that is 40% of that of the USA. Guns in private hands are almost nonexistent in Japan. Yet for a period of 15-years straight it there were over 30,000 suicides per year, until 2012 when it "dipped" down to a little below 28,000 suicides. It amounts to more than 450,000 deaths in a 15-year period, probably very few involving guns. I doubt the families of those 450,000 dead Japanese are comforted much by the thought that their loved ones dies by means other than gunshot wound.
Yeah, suicides without guns account for more deaths in Japan-- a country with well under half the US population-- than all gun deaths due to any reason in the USA.
One may wonder if there is a much larger national tragedy in the land of the rising sun?
There are two gun cultures in the United States: The traditional responsible gun owners, and the drug and gang gun culture that promotes irresponsible and illegal use of guns. Which one do you think accounts for more homicides in a given year? Which one is continually raked over the coals on the Daily Page?
Let's look at another country that has a drug and gang gun culture: Mexico. Mexico has some of the strictest gun control laws anywhere. A lot of good it has done. The "Mexican drug war" has resulted in an estimated 120,000 deaths since 2006, plus 27,000 people who are listed as "missing."
So maybe you'll want to get real for once and direct your outrage at the part of the gun culture that is the real problem in this country.