I sometimes wonder if people who get published in newspapers believe what they write or if they are actually this sloppy with the facts:
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence estimates that each year, 100,000 people in this country are killed by firearms. Spend an hour on the organization’s Web site, and you can watch the day’s total tick unnervingly up.
The writer is confusing injuries with deaths and doesn’t seem to care how many of those were justified, or even praiseworthy, shootings.
Yet recent studies suggest that, far from protecting people who keep them, guns increase the odds that their owners or innocent bystanders will be harmed.
That was pulled out of thin air. Unless “recent” means going back to the discredited 1986 Kellerman study or one of the highly questionable follow on studies.
The U.S. has, far and away, the highest homicide rate of any affluent democracy, and guns are the method of choice.
Historian Jill Lepore notes that in Europe, the annual murder rate is well below 2 per 100,000 people; here it is around five.
This ignores the murder of 10s of millions by their own governments during the 1930s and 1940s. It also ignores the significantly higher gun ownership rate in Switzerland compared to their neighbors while having a murder rate of about 0.7/100K. The same is true of Norway with a murder rate of 0.6/100K.
The murder rates per 100K in some other countries in Europe and nearby (from here) include:
- Germany: 0.86
- Spain: 0.9
- Denmark: 1.01
- Greece: 1.1
- Ireland: 1.12
- Italy: 1.2
- Poland: 1.2
- Portugal: 1.2
- United Kingdom: 1.28
- Hungary: 1.38
- France: 1.4
- Belgium: 1.49
- Luxembourg: 1.5
- Czech Republic: 2.0
- Georgia 7.6
- Russia 14.9
All of those are greater than Switzerland and Norway so to blame it on gun ownership laws is deceptive at best.
Either the facts are irrelevant to these people or they know they have to lie to have any chance of winning.