I wonder why America is such a gun violent society? Considering how geographically close Canada is the the US, I wonder how we managed to escape the need to use guns. Not saying people never get shot in Canada, but Canadians are nothing like Americans when it comes to gun violence. Here are some of the stats:
- On average, there are nearly 12,000 gun homicides a year in the USA.
- On an average day, 93 Americans are killed by guns.
- 62% of the gun deaths are suicides. Does that mean the problem is not as deeply entrenched as it seems at first blush?
- At the same time, 7 children and teens are killed each day…
- And in an average month 50 women are shot to death by intimate partners.
Such carnage! Most of it preventable. Just take the guns away. Melt them down.
But… If they didn’t have guns, would Americans find other ways to kill themselves, each other and women and children? What could be behind this epidemic? Poverty? Ignorance? A lack of education? Some kind of existential crisis? An inability to use words to resolve conflicts? A bizarre need to dominate? The simple availability of guns? … Don’t know that there is a simple answer. There are solutions proposed. Mostly they involve restricting the availability of guns. And such solutions are vehemently opposed.
I guess the gun lobby, the people who profit from the sale of guns, want to protect their profits. I know, they hide their opposition under the guise of a constitutional right. If you buy that, you have probably also invested in swamp land in Florida.
It seems that it is easier to carry a gun in the US than it is to smoke in public. It makes no sense to me. But then I guess I’m just a naive Canuck who can’t understand why a man would want to kill a woman, child or other man.
Donald Trump, the president of the US, has taken to calling terrorists “losers”. And I agree, they are mentally and emotionally deficient losers. But if he scoped out his own backyard, he would sadly find his country is full of losers, and people who are only too happy to profit from them.