Saturday, July 28, 2012

UK: America's gun problem

The Economist

Colorado’s dark night

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.

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