As we approach the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook massacre, it seems a good moment to look at the numbers and let them inform our responses to gun violence.
World Health Organization research shows that the United States is No. 1 among 27 developed countries for gun possession and for gun deaths. Compared with our English-speaking cousins we see that: the U.S. has 88.8 guns per 100 people and 10.2 gun deaths per 100,000 people; Australia has 15 guns per 100 people and 1.04 gun deaths per 100,000; in the U.K., the figures are 6.2 and 0.25, respectively.
It would appear that guns do not make people safer, that more guns means more gun deaths.
Homicides decreased markedly when Australia instituted changes such as banning some types of guns, limiting gun capacity and mandating stricter licensing and registration requirements (Factcheck.org).
The Australian people spoke up and their legislators had the courage to make change. Can we not learn from our cousins?
Marilyn and Don Keat