This is a comment by John Smith on the post “Incentivizing Violence: When Will the Insanity End!?“
“Actually, gun ownership per capita in Canada is less than half that of the US, despite the much larger amount of the population living in areas where carrying a gun is vital for safety from wildlife. 88.8 per 100 vs 30.8 per 100. England and Wales, somewhere with very strict gun laws, 6.2.
“The US has 4.14 firearm murders per 100,00 per year. Canada 0.76. The England and Wales 0.07. In developed nations gun ownership levels directly correlate with the number of firearm murders.
“Regardless of who is committing the murders the problem highlighted by the articular is the fact that attitude and ownership of guns is at the route of the problem. It is no good saying “NRA members and hunters don’t commit the murders” when they are the ones who are so staunchly against any form of control stopping guns getting in to the hands of more violent members of society. They may not be committing the murders but there lobbying most certainly makes them at least worthy of mention when discussing the route cause of gun violence.”
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