We are regularly told about mass public shootings in our country. The media runs each one out to the maximum. They pick on an eleven-year-old among the victims and force-feed us his baby pictures, his sobbing aunt, people placing flowers under the police tape, and anything else they can dredge up to touch our emotions.
We are exposed regularly to statistics and data that the presenter offers as further proof that guns should be banned and manufacturers sued. Some of these people are even our elected officials and some of them don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain.
In any case, one must take all this, including statistics with a grain of salt. We are led to believe that terrorism is somehow unique to the US because of so many guns being held by citizens. It should be noted that most of this raw data is taken out of context and therefore becomes misleading.
For example, a study of mass public shooting in 97 countries over 17 years shows that there were 2354 events with 4880 shooters. only 53 of those events, with 54 shooters occurred in the US. Of the 97 countries, the US ranked 64th on a per capita basis. Some countries, including Norway, Russia, Switzerland, France, and Finland ranked higher than the US by at least 25%.
It should also be noted that most of these shootings occur where people can’t defend themselves. Schools, office buildings, stores, lounges, malls, concerts, and sporting events. All either gun-free zones or venues where the physical layout and/or crowded conditions make for an easy killing ground.
Another bit of information never reported by media is that most gun violence on a private level occurs in inner cities with the tightest gun control laws such as Chicago and Detroit.
So before we grab our “Ban Gun” signs and go marching off in the rain, let’s do a bit of homework to see if we really know what we want and why. It seems to me that gun-free zones don’t do much to solve the problem.
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