No. No deflection. It’s your thread don’t forget. You are the one that wants to talk about gun control. And one of the controls could be reducing the number of guns, because there is gargantuan amount of freely available information that correlates the number of firearms with the number of gun related deaths. And gee, you wouldn’t have to be a Rhode’s scholar to join those two dots.
But you claim that it’s not the number of guns, it’s societal problems inherent in the US. Personally I don’t see that you have more problems than most other Western countries. But you must have because the per capita gun deaths are off the chart and you say it’s down to these problems.
So the obvious question to ask is: Why do these problems within US society result in so many gun related gun deaths if guns are not the problem? Take them out of the equation and tell us why you think the US is so bad at handling mental health, gangs, access to drugs etc.
You are obviously, and by your own admission, doing something wrong. So tell us what it is.
And really. ‘the pit that you live in…’? Ye gods, I don’t even think you know where I live. But lets do some comparisons as you suggested. Here are some figures for you:
The homicide rate here is one fifth of yours per capita. Armed robbery is likewise a fifth. And you’d never guess the rate of gun ownership compared to yours? Yes at the back? Correct. One fifth. Whodda thunk.
But I would imagine that your argument, to be consistent, is that gun rates are irrelevant. I guess that you would claim that we have better solved all those problems within society that you keep bringing up. Maybe we’re better at it than you.