Monday, 13 August 2012

Guns Don't Kill People

Anyone with even the most peripheral interest in the spetacular gun crime statistics from the US, will have heard the pro-gun lobby's phrase "Guns don't kill people, people kill people"

Just saw a the most perfect antidote to this here, where one Ian Shields has commented :

"Cars don't go 100 miles per hour -- people do. But try it without a car, and see how that works out for ya."


Incidentally, this is what Wikipedia has to say on gun crime rates :

The incidence of homicides committed with a firearm in the US is much greater than most other advanced countries. In the United States in 2009 United Nations statistics record 3.0 intentional homicides committed with a firearm per 100,000 inhabitants; for comparison, the figure for the United Kingdom, with very restrictive firearm laws (handguns are totally prohibited, for example) was 0.07, about 40 times lower, and for Germany 0.2.

For another comparison, Switzerland has one of the highest gun ownership rates in the world, with somewhere between 1.2 to 3 million guns in the private residences of its approximately 8 million citizens. In 2006 there were 34 recorded murders or attempted murders with a gun, representing a firearm homicide rate of 1 per 250,000.

1 comment:

  1. Well, i would say that there is no issue to carry a gun, its all about how a persons' intentions to use it.