The Political Junkie offers an outside-looking- in view of the US. Each day, we will highlight news and opinion pieces from around the world that are focused on US politics and policy. Agree or disagree with the opinions you will read but take a few minutes to see yourselves as others see you.
Guns don’t kill crowds of innocent people; maniacs with easy access to military-grade weapons do
IF YOU live in America, you are four times more likely to be murdered
than if you live in Britain, almost six times more likely than in
Germany, and 13 times more likely than in Japan. These are simple facts
on which all can agree; just as it is a simple fact that two-thirds of
all murders in America involve guns, whereas in Britain the figure is
under 10%. Beyond that, though, there is not a flicker of consensus in
America about what to do about the grisly harvest that last year
gathered in 9,000 lives.