The news has been full of the shooting in the USA of Gabrielle Gifford. I read the following story with sadness...
I don't disagree with the statement that the gun is not evil only the person holding it... however surely in a culture where there is so much blood shed through guns you need to readdress that? I've had this conversation with American friends who go into the "right" and "freedom" mode that I just will never understand. A handgun has only one purpose - to maim or kill humans, it is not a hunting weapon - a gun is not a defence weapon as it will not stop the bullet from the guy pointing the gun at you. You have to shoot first and this spiral precipitates this gun culture in the psyche in the USA.
I had hoped that this very public tragedy might lead to a better debate in the USA about this issue - sadly not by the looks of this report.
I found these stats and you can see that the USA isn't near the top of the league. But look at it like this. UK 1.40, Germany 1.81, Canada 1.99, Spain 1.53 - compare that with USA at 8.95 - you see? You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a gun in the USA than other developed G20 countries. Come on USA for the sake of the next 7 per 100,000 who will die this year that statistically shouldn't if you had gun control laws have the debate please.
Postscript - sorry my maths has been pointed out as wrong... okay taking the average of the 4 example countries I used and comparing that to the USA figure it is "you are more than 5 times more likely.."