A few days ago, my two sons walked into the place of a fatal shooting, 15 minutes after the fact.
I have no doubt that there is a direct correlation between gun ownership and gun deaths, especially of suicide. Maybe it’s that simple. But culture also bears some responsibility. I’m looking at graphs and charts right now.
I seem to see cherry picking, but since I just had a 3-day migraine, maybe I’m not processing at 100%. Here https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/10/2/16399418/us-gun-violence-statistics-maps-charts
#6. This graph of developed countries, purportedly showing a direct correlation of gun ownership to gun deaths, ….doesn’t. Look at around 30 guns per 100 people. (Stare at France.) Besides, Malta, Barbados? Barbados has a population of only 277 000 – what the bad word is it doing in this graph? It’s only a smudge on a map.
Ownership between 15-40 per 100 people shows no clear relationship with deaths. There are barely any countries with more than ≈37 per 100, so throw out the outliers. If you want to show a correlation, you look at the impressive 6 countries close to zero, and you look at Canada, Finland, France, while ignoring the 4 countries vertically below them.
Do you see Lithuania? I googled to find out who's killing them! Actually, gun ownership is increasing, while there is a downward trend for gun deaths. According to http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/lithuania But gun ownership is only now up to about 3%.
#8 Purporting to show fewer gun deaths in states with stricter laws. Florida ought to be brightly colored. But does not have strict gun laws.
Here's gun deaths by state: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/sosmap/firearm_mortality/firearm.htm Here's gun laws by state, for right to carry: http://www.handgunlaw.us/ Do you see any state with strict laws? ("Shall issue" = yeah, sure you can) If you want to see a direct correlation of gun deaths to gun ownership, look at Louisiana. https://www.thetrace.org/2015/07/louisiana-gun-violence-shooting-movie-theater/. Gun ownership in Louisiana: 44.5% It also has a macho gun culture.
#13. According to the graph about gun suicide in Australia, a steep decline in suicide-by-gun started about a decade before the gun buyback program that gets the credit!
Leaving that page and comparisons to that page….
In this list of all gun-related deaths, by country: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate
Latin America is bad, with outstanding exceptions! For example, Bolivia is an exception, between the horrifying Brazil and Argentina. …..OMG, Bolivians gave Earth a legal personhood https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_the_Rights_of_Mother_Earth ! I just got sidetracked.
I meant to keep finding charts about gun deaths, but I have to read this.