posted on Dec, 18 2012 @ 11:06 AM
Originally posted by Flavian
Failed society? Listen pal, we do not have regular mass shooting incidents or a high murder rate.
There are over 270 million guns in circulation around the US. The current US population is 315 million...Only about 10-11,000 people die every year
from murders by firearm in the US. Most US firearm deaths are from suicides. According to the CDC, only 36% of all firearm related deaths in the US
are caused from homicides (which in itself is a loaded term).
From the source above, we can see that for every 100,000 people, only 9 are murdered in the US via firearm. Now, if we want to get a clearer picture
into how many of those are homicides, we would have to divide that number (9) in half, as we would also need to factor in suicides which makes up a
majority of gun related deaths in this country. So lets say 4 people are murdered in the US every year in terms of homicides per 100,000 people. That
is right there with Canada (4.78) and Switzerland (3.5). Yet neither one of these countries comes close to the US per capita amount of guns.
Which rather makes that a poor comparison for you to make. If anything, it indicates your society is failing - and something needs to be
The US has the 4th highest HDI in the world, and the second highest median household income in the world. We are also 25% of the worlds GDP. Do you
really want to compare countries?
However, as you rightly say, it is your country, not ours. If you are happy to live in a society where people can walk into an Elementary
School or a Movie Theatre and just start massacring people then fine - your choice. Personally, i would hate to live in such a place. If it arose over
here, i would happily be doing everything in my power to try and effect change.
First off, no one is happy about children being massacred. Period. Secondly, there is no such thing as 100% prevention from these types of crimes.
Banning guns in the UK has not stopped gun crime from soaring to 89% over the past decade...
Additionally, the killer who massacred those kids broke at least six different laws before he shot the first victim in the classroom. Wishful thinking
and politely worded laws written on paper don't "prevent" a determined attacker from carrying out his crime.
edit on 18-12-2012 by rock427 because: (no reason given)