United States :
- 3.72 gun homicides per 100,000 people
- 39% of households have guns
- .58 homisides per 100,000 people
- 27.2% of housholds have guns
- apparently has no guns in households
- .17 homicides per 100,000 people
- 22.3% of households have guns
These figures exclude suicides and accidental gun deaths both of which are quite high in America. Indeed if you see below suicide rate via gun is over double the homicide rate!
However, according to these statistics you can safely conclude that it's the AMERICANS who require further gun control. Seems other countries are far more responsible about guns and more respectful of human life. I think that whilst the figures support your claims about the guns, the figures also hurt your countries credibility in that they very clearly point out that the problem is specific to America. The figures clearly say that Americans aren't responsible enough to freely own guns which is my point exactly, although until I saw those figures I would have thought that about the whole world!
This issue goes a lot deeper than gun control doesn't it, it goes to human psyche, why is it that the US has the highest rate of murder than any other first world country? Why is it that Americans can't live in peaceful co-existance with their fellow Americans?
3.72 deaths per 100,000 people. The countries that are higher are:
Northern Island, Mexico, Brazil, Estonia, South Africa and Columbia. Not something that i'd be boasting about!
United States Violent death figures are:
Total - 18.57/100,000
Firearm Homicide - 3.72/100,000 (total homicide - 5.70/100,000)
Firearm Suicide - 7.53/100,000 (total suicide 12.06/100,000)
These figures are gained from pro-gun sites on the net (to avoid any suggestion of bias).
So yes, you haven't changed my mind as such, the guns give people the opportunity to kill but certainly the motivation comes from the person and very clearly, the motivation to kill appears much higher in America than most other countries of the world.
The reasoning might change but the fact remains, with people so ready to use a gun to kill, should they be allowed to carry those guns? Nearly 1/2 of all homicides in the US are gun related. Over 1/2 of all suicides are gun related and I haven't even begun to evaluate the accidential death rates!
Just as a point of interest, New Zealand does have gun control as does Australia (who has a 20% household gun ownership figure). The issue isn't about removing all the guns, it's about controling them so that people are safer.
Gun control includes restricting guns from particular people, registering firearms with the police, not carrying them in the streets without a permit (and you need to have a certificate proving that you have attended proper training in the use of firearms). It requires guns to be locked away from children something that I personally believe to be critical.
I suspect that if you understood more about gun control you might find that you, like about 60% of Americans, might agree to them. It's not about removing guns, it's about controlling them. Control allows you to remove them from lifes little loons and still allowing recreational shooters to enjoy their hobbies.
Final food for thought whilst you are arguing for the right for everyone to own guns:
- 4,223 young people ages 0-19 were killed by gunfire -- one every two hours, nearly 12 every day in the U.S. in 1997.
- 2,580 were murdered by gunfire.
- 1,262 committed suicide using a gun-more than three every day.
- 306 died from an unintentional or "accidental" shooting.
- 630 young people killed by guns were under the age of 15.
- 191 young people killed by guns were under the age of ten.
- 84 young people were under the age of five.
That puts a human face on the issue doesn't it?
(hope this reads ok, it was written in a hurry!)