haha. True. I have always found it funny when people say "well finland and iceland do this and don't have this other problem." Oh yeah, because the fact that we have 40-1000x their population and that we have tons of different cultures trying to live together with very different ideas of what is socially acceptable make the two cases very comparable.
I'm sorry but that reasoning is so flawed.
Gun deaths in US remain highest among 23 high-income nations worldwide. A new study published in the March 2016 issue of The American Journal of Medicine reveals that Americans are 10 times more likely to die from firearms than citizens of other developed countries.
Specifically, gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. and, while the overall suicide rate is on par with other high-income nations, the U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times higher. http://amjmed.org/vi...ther-countries/
The U.S. represents less than 5% of the 7.3 billion global population but accounted for 31% of global mass shooters during the period from 1966 to 2012, more than any other country, Mr. Lankford said, adding that he defines a mass shooter as one who killed at least four victims. http://www.wsj.com/a...ings-1443905359
This level of violence makes the United States an extreme outlier when measured against the experience of other advanced countries.
Around the world, those countries have substantially lower rates of deaths from gun homicide. In Germany, being murdered with a gun is as uncommon as being killed by a falling object in the United States. About two people out of every million are killed in a gun homicide. Gun homicides are just as rare in several other European countries, including the Netherlands and Austria. http://www.nytimes.c...rent-world.html
In Poland and England, only about one out of every million people die in gun homicides each year — about as often as an American dies in an agricultural accident or falling from a ladder. In Japan, where gun homicides are even rarer, the likelihood of dying this way is about the same as an American’s chance of being killed by lightning — roughly one in 10 million.
I could keep going but .. I don't know why I would. I know the arguments that 'shooting is fun' and 'the CIA is racist' sounds good, but I'm not sure if I'm convinced .. Even the argument of 'we're multi-cultural' confuses me. Look at Canada, for example ..
And it's funny, but I kind of want to be convinced. I have so many American friends that own and love their damn guns and I want to think that they're not stupid for that. So, convince me with better arguments .......
In order to fix a problem, you need to admit there is one. Not blaming Mexico or the CIA or mixed cultures for gun violence.
Damn, I guess I lied about not going on. Because I kept reading for fun and ran into this:
In a 2013 article for The Atlantic online that compared gun deaths in U.S. cities to some of the deadliest places in the world, the authors created a map, below, that shows Atlanta has the same gun murder rate as South Africa, Detroit as El Salvador, Phoenix equal to Mexico’s gun homicide rate http://www.humanosph...u-s-rest-world/
The U.S. has higher rates of homicides from guns than Pakistan. At 4.5 deaths per 100,000 people, the U.S. rates aren’t much lower than gun homicide rates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (5.2 deaths per 100,000 people). Annually, the U.S. has about two fewer gun homicide deaths per 100,000 people than Iraq, which has 6.5 deaths per 100,000.