Thursday, August 27, 2015

US Gun Violence: So Bad, All That's Left Is a Joke


Via the Washington Post. Economist link here.

At least someone is trying to keep track. It looks like a full-time job.

6 comments:

Richard Lawson said...

And still they will say, "It's people that kill, not guns". Which is true, but only up to a point. The baby in a pram that shot and killed his mother a while back couldn't have done it without a loaded gun.

What is more generally true is that it is ammunition that kills, not the gun. A gun without ammunition is no more than an expensive club.

Now I'm just an ignorant Brit watching the unfolding tragedy from thousands of miles away, but far as I know the Second Amendment gives the right to bear arms, but doesn't say all that much about ammunition. Specifically, it does not say that you cannot pass a law that obliges every round of ammunition sold to carry full third party insurance.

Just a suggestion.

Unknown said...

Look at the actual numbers. Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates fell 25% at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with gun permits soared by 156%.

David in Cal

Richard Lawson said...

That's interesting. Source?

John said...

To Unknown/David in Cal:

Please present "the actual numbers."

John Puma

John ONeiil said...

'Look at the actual numbers. Between 2007 and 2014, murder rates fell 25% at the same time that the percentage of the adult population with gun permits soared by 156%.'
I've heard that American hospitals get as much practice dealing with gunshot trauma as they would in a war zone, and as a result have got so good at patching up the targets that survival rates are way higher than two decades ago. If that's the case, maybe you should look at numbers of shootings, not just fatalities, including accidental shootings and suicide, not just murder.

Richard Lawson said...

Unknown still hasn't answered. Maybe he made those figures up.