America’s Gun Psychosis

This is a great post from Richard Erskine about the lack of gun control in the US. I was thinking of writing something myself but I don’t think I can say it any better. There’s a very simple solution to this ongoing problem and it’s called gun control. As Richard points out other countries have successfully implemented gun control in the past and to great effect. In Australia in 1996 a gunman shot 35 people in Port Arthur. Immediately afterwards the then Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard (a conservative PM), initiated a gun buy-back scheme where gun owners could relinquish their guns in return for money. Australia has not had a gun massacre since.


If ever one needed proof of the broken state of US politics, the failure to deal with this perpetual gun crisis is it.

After 16 children and 1 teacher were killed in the Dunblane massacre on 13th March 1996, the UK acted.

After 35 people were killed in the PortArthur massacre on 28th April 1996, Australia acted.

It’s what any responsible legislature would do.

So far in 2017, US deaths from shootings totals a staggering 11,652 (I think not including the latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, and with 3 months still to run in 2017 – see gunsviolencearchive – and note this excludes suicides).

The totals for the previous 3 years 2014, 2015 and 2016 are 12,571; 13,500; and 15,079.

The number of those injured comes in at about two times those killed (but note that the ratio for the latest Las Vegas shooting is closer to 10, with…

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