Another U.S. Win: The Most Guns per Capita

Reuters reports the details in U. S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people.  The intro helps put this into perspective:

The United States has 90 guns for every 100 citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world’s 875 million known firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

I find some of the numbers surprising, but certainly believable. We didn’t have to wait for the attack on Iraq to see the violence that is prevalent in American culture.  The daily news (especially from local news outlets) is filled with descriptions of murders, rapes, and other forms of violence.  Even if one person in some remote area of the U.S. is assaulted, we’ve got to see the pictures.  And, we need to see them every evening. 

For more on the topic, see Michael Moore’s film, Bowling for Columbine.  The title refers to the the Columbine High School Massacre.  The subtitle for the movie raises an important question: “Are we a nation of gun nuts or are we just nuts?“.  As with the Virginia Tech Massacre, people were glued to their TVs, watching pictures of blood-soaked sheets and people crying for lost loved ones.  It’s all typical American entertainment.  With ridiculous claims like “people kill people”, it’s easy to see how things got this way.  Clearly, no citizen should have the ability to kill dozens of people in just minutes.  Still assault rifles and other massacre-class weapons are readily available.  I don’t see this changing any time soon – people will be increasingly fearful, and they’ll look to violence to ease their fears. 

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3 Comments

  1. Dave said,

    February 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    If we changed the title to ‘golf clubs’ or ‘cars’ instead of ‘guns’ most folks would turn the page. True golf club deaths are probably on the decline. Sadly cars kill more people than guns ever will. Are you aware that some golfers have as many as 13 clubs, some people own 2 cars. I mean why? You can only use one at a time.

    Most gun owners have more than one gun because like golf clubs many guns are purpose-built. You don’t tee off with a putter and you don’t compete in high-power rifle competions with an air rifle.

    Not to belabor the point but this is all about power and control. If someone has a gun you feel you have less power over them. Well why do you need to have power over them in the first place.

    Life can be simpler. Act as if everyone was armed. If that causes you to recoil in fear well then my Catholic mom would probably tell you to go to confession because only guilty people live in fear.

    The difference between fear and respect is the fearful expect retaliation. The respectful do not because they haven’t done anything to deserve retaliation.

  2. sferrin said,

    February 17, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. We should really get rid of those “massacre-class” weapons know as automobiles though. Did you know that every year over 40,000 people die in the US because so many people are too lazy to walk? That’s far more than gun deaths (half of which are suicides). Hopefully the owner of this site doesn’t drive or ride in one of those horrific conveyances and contribute to the carnage.

    Seriously though, put down the bong, wake up and smell the coffee. Outlawing guns won’t take them out of the hands of criminals.

  3. PARALLAX said,

    March 8, 2010 at 10:39 am

    wow, I was running a “per capita” search and stumbled onto this gem….I’m so sick of people blaming firearms for all of society’s ills….geez. I grew up in a large city on the west coast, fortunately my grandfather farmed out in the country a few hours drive away…so I wasn’t completely disconnected from rural life.
    anyway, growing up in a city rife with gang members, violent crimes, dope dealers, and junkies..the fact that every “thug” out there was illegally armed and able to threaten decent people almost with impunity because they’re supposed to rely on the police…pfft.

    I joined the army saw some of the world, got into some scuffles bla bla bla…when I got out, I came to Idaho for college and stayed here…some will say this state is full of armed rednecks….fine whatever, but you know what?…even in this states bigger cities violent crime is nothing like it was where I grew up…..’cause everyone here is armed, and most of those are respectful law abiding people…they can just defend themselves….Ive seen the proof for myself, strict gun control or outlawing guns will only empower criminals to become even more predatious


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