I’ve written about gun control before, sometimes in response to a recent mass shooting, sometimes just to share my thoughts. Of all the hot-button issues we face as a nation, this is my number one.
The chart above indicates that on a per capita basis, we own about 120 guns for every 100 people in the U.S. Here is a list from Wikipedia that provides a ranking of civilian gun ownership per 100 people. If you take a look, the U.S. is number one at 120.2; number two is the Falkland Islands, at 62.1. There are only four countries where the rate is over 40 guns owned per 100 people.
The chart also shows gun-related deaths per million people; with the use at about 120. Wikipedia has this data as well, but shows it per 100,000 people. The U.S. is ranked at ninth at 12.21 gun-related deaths. The countries ranked ahead of us? Venezuela, El Salvador, Eswatini, Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil, and Columbia.
It is true that most gun-related deaths in the U.S. are related to suicide, with 7.32 deaths per 100,000, which ranks us first (highest) in the world. For gun related homicides, the U.S. has about 4.46 deaths per 100,000, ranking us 17th in the world. Besides the eight countries noted above, this list also includes Mexico, South Africa, Panama, Philippines, Barbados, Costa Rica, Paraguay, and Uruguay. There are only 24 countries in the world that have a gun related homicide rate greater than one person per 100,000.
Whether it is gun ownership, or gun-related deaths, the U.S. clearly has a gun problem.
Many people note the Second Amendment as giving citizens the right to bear arms. Ignoring the fact that many people disagree with such an interpretation, to me it is simply worth noting that the Second Amendment was an amendment, a change to the original Constitution. While it is certainly extremely difficult to change the Constitution (there have only been 27 amendments to it in nearly 250 years, with only one of them being repealed), it is possible. The Constitution and its amendments are not etched in stone, it is a living, breathing document, and it has been amended as needed.
I think this is one of those times.
So while I would be thrilled to see some “common sense” gun laws passed, to me they don’t go nearly far enough to fix the problems.
We have too many guns, and too many people dying because of those guns.
My thoughts on gun control are simple, yet radical:
- repeal the Second Amendment – it may have been relevant 250 years ago, but not any longer
- institute a complete ban on all guns. yes all guns, even for hunting. Guns serve one purpose, to kill. And what gives us the right to kill another person or creature?
Yes, my views are extreme, but so is the chart above.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
P.S. I struggled with whether to allow comments to this post, since it is such an emotional topic for me. As such, I was worried I might reply to someone in a less than respectful manner. However, I decided to leave the comments open, and let the readers share their views. I know people have different views than me on this issue. However, I will not be responding to any comments. I think the post above clearly states my views on guns and gun control.