I am not a big fan of guns, yet not anti-gun, either. It’s not an easy issue, in my opinion.
One point I want to bring up is that the statistic that everyone likes to throw around about how there are less gun-related deaths when there are less guns is so misleading and lopsided. Of course you can’t kill someone with a gun if there are no or few guns around. That does not take a brain-surgeon to figure out. That’s like saying there are fewer car-related deaths when there are fewer cars on the road, or fewer house fires caused by fireplace fires when there are no or fewer fireplaces inside the house. I don’t get why people think this logic proves anything.
Statistics worth noting would be how many homicides and suicides per year are gun-related? There are ~33,000 deaths each year by guns. Incidentally, there are more caused by automobiles and only slightly less caused by alcohol. Why don’t we outlaw cars and alcohol? (I personally would be ok with no alcohol outside the home or private parties). Moving on…. Of those ~33,000, approximately 60%, or 19K, are suicides, which, while it is sad and unfortunate is not the same kind of stat as death by homicide, where one individual is attacked (violated) against their will (and most often defenseless) by someone else. So, focusing on non-suicides, 40% (14,000 per year) of death-by-guns are homicide or accidents. Leaving accidents alone for the moment because that are just that, accidents, I found that there is about 11,000 death-by-gun homicides per year. That is 11,000 out of 340,000,000 U.S. citizens, which is .00032 %. That is .00032% of U.S. citizens killed by guns over 12 months. Not to devalue the lives of those .00032%, that is not a lot for a country which has more guns than citizens. This means that a hell of a lot of people are being responsible with guns and DON’T use them to kill someone. Assuming one killer per person killed ratio, which is high, 3.2 people out of 100,000 use a gun to kill (homicides) each year. Another useful statistic is that ~ 1.7 out of 100,000 kill (homicide) each year by other means.
Homicide by guns is not even double that caused by some other means than guns. You would think it would be a lot greater by the way anti-gun people talk. Unfortunately, we don’t know how many of the homicide-by-gun would still end in a homicide by other means — further research, stats and extrapolation would have to be performed — but we do know that people still commit homicide by other means than guns! And the disparity is not as great as one would guess.
People kill! Yes, logic tells you that it is easier to kill someone, especially on the whim, if there is easy access to guns, but people pull the trigger, and stats show that having easy access only doubles the number of incidents, lower than expected, which is only .00032% of the population. It doesn’t sound like an epidemic to me! By the way, for a disease infecting a population to be called a epidemic there must be in excess of 15 out of 100,000 people infected over a short period of time, like 2 weeks.
All this to say, we have a persistent problem worth consideration, but not anywhere like certain groups of people purport.
A real stat worth considering, if it existed, would be if the total number of homicides went down with difficult or no access to guns. What people really want to know is if there would be less people killed (particularly homicides) if there were less or no guns available.
History lesson: Australia confiscated guns 13 years ago and their stats don’t show total homicides of all kinds decreasing much at all, only suicides, of course, or homicides-by-gun (which we said earlier is only logical). For all practical purposes, less people did NOT get killed (homicide) just because there were no guns around.
Well, I hope this gave you another perspective. To end this, I don’t particularly like guns, myself. They were designed to kill, period. And I am in favor of some regulations and oversight. However, in being objective. The guns are not the problem, people are. Angry people, sick people, lonely people, hurt people, idle people, greedy people, and so on.