I recently read some shocking statistics about gun deaths. Harper’s Index stated that in the last three years in England, the police have shot and killed a total of two people. In America, the police kill 2.6 people per day. Toddlers shoot someone once a week on average (or, in the parlance of the NRA, guns don’t kill people, toddlers kill people), and mass shootings average once a day in America.
From The Olympian (Dec. 29) we learn that the 27 people killed by guns in America on Christmas is equal to the total number of people killed in gun homicides in an entire year in eight other countries combined.
This country has a problem, obviously, and it’s one that most other countries seem to have resolved. This disparity between us and the other countries can be ascribed in large part to the disproportionate influence of the NRA lobby, so powerful that they were even able to de-fund research into gun violence. Their rhetoric notwithstanding, their actions indicates that thousands of American deaths is a fair trade-off for insuring that there are few limits on gun purchases.
And us? A society that silently goes along with the decision to allow guns – including semi-automatic weapons – to be so easily bought and sold, is a society that will suffer the consequences of that decision, over and over.