Ave_IT wrote: Apologies to drag up this hobby horse of mine again…..……….but I still cannot get my head around it. The figures are simply breath-taking, and is a classic example, if ever there was one, of how as humans beings we like to kid ourselves we’re rational but how we can get our priorities so hideously distorted beyond all logic or reason. This, in the most technically advanced and wealthy country on the planet with a fully mature democracy, a free press with freely available information. It really is mind-blowing.
Obama gave a superb speech after the latest American mass shooting in Oregon this week and challenged the reporters to go away and find the statistics of how many Americans are killed by guns in their own country each year and compare it with how many die from terrorism. He spoke with passion and an obvious feeling of frustrated impotence about how such slaughter is now “routine”. But here is an amazing stat……. more Americans have been killed by guns in the US since 1968 than in all the wars the US has been involved in EVER!! That even includes the civil war not to mention WW1 & WW2, Vietnam etc. etc…… Don’t believe it? Neither did I – but this link gives the breakdown with all the stats.
http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/st ... says-colu/
Look at the number killed between 1999 and 2013……. 464,000 !!!!
Understandably the 9-11 atrocity in 2001 shocked and horrified not only the US but the whole world when just over 3,000 were killed. But that number is absolutely dwarfed by their own gun crime deaths. 464,000 – that is like exterminating the entire population of Atlanta, Georgia…………and then thousands more!!! The thing is the slaughter continues on and on , day in day out, whereas 9-11 was clearly a one-off event and since then a handful of people each year die from terrorist activity. Those poor people killed at the Boston marathon for example – the nation and the world were moved by it but the cold facts are they wouldn’t have registered a short paragraph in a local paper if they’d been shot by a fellow American (as others were that very day). But what chance is there when a serious candidate for White House, Jeb Bush, said about the Oregon shootings that “stuff happens” ??
Thanks for the link and the info, that's shocking!
It's also interesting to note that after Australia tightened their gun laws in 1996 suicide by a gun dropped by half over the next seven years and the gun homicide rate dropped by nearly a half.