I’m not sure that it makes any sense to imply the USA is OK because third-world unstable countries with lots of guns also have lots of gun violence. Surely if the USA hopes to become a more civilized nation it will have to adopt more civilized norms. The rest of the OECD experiences lower rates of gun violence by many orders of magnitude simply because in the rest of the OECD there are more adequate approaches to gun ownership. And when those approaches are shown to be inadequate, stricter laws are rapidly enforced (New Zealand being the latest example of this phenomenon).

One can take any data set and derive nearly any conclusion from it by means of how one selects comparisons etc, but ultimately the real world provides the evidence. And the real world shows clearly that among the wealthy nations of the OECD only one suffers the catastrophic daily rate of gun death the USA thinks is “situation normal.”

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