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Humanist Fellowship of San Diego Message Board › Jason Whitlock column on Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

Jason Whitlock column on Jovan Belcher murder-suicide

Wilfredo P.
user 11974495
Chula Vista, CA
Post #: 109
Whitlock has some interesting things to say about our gun culture. I like to say that guns turn shouting matching into shooting matches. Unlike many Americans, I've never felt the need to own a gun. Incidentally, gun shops should thank President Obama. There have been record sales of guns and ammo ever since he became president. Evidently, many conservatives foolishly believe that Obama will take away their guns.

There is something about the American culture that makes us violent. And it is not violent movies or video games. If that were the case, then Japan and Canada would be among the most violent countries in the world. It's an interesting fact that Canadians own about the same number of guns as Americans do, yet there are typically less than 500 gun murders per year in Canada, whereas there are over 10,000 per year in the U.S.

A former member
Post #: 18
Not challenging, just wondering where I might find the gun-related homicide statistics you quoted. I'd like to get the conversion to "per x population."
Wilfredo P.
user 11974495
Chula Vista, CA
Post #: 110
Per the Center for Disease Control, in 2005, there were 30,694 firearm deaths (all races, all ages, both sexes) in the United States. Approximately 16,000 of these firearm deaths were suicides and approximately 12,252 were murders. Approximately 600 were justifiable defensive shootings by both police and citizens. The remainder of the deaths were caused by accidental firearms discharges.

This chart compares gun deaths by country. The U.S. is behind only South Africa, Colombia and Thailand. Note the low gun death rate in Canada.


Michael Moore wrote a great column in the Huffington Post on this issue after the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting:
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