As a reporter, I have become eerily attuned to this horrible American ritual. I do the same thing every single time we get news of a mass shooting: verify reports, write a “what we know” article
They say that no laws could have been able to prevent the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS.”
But I remain skeptical.
As I see it, the core issue is that America as a whole refuses to even admit it has a serious problem with guns and gun violence.
America has a much higher overall homicide rate, which includes non-gun deaths, than other developed nations
The US makes up less than 5% of the world’s population, but holds 31% of global mass shooters.”
The US also has by far the highest number of privately owned guns in the world
These two facts — on gun deaths and firearm ownership — are related. The research, compiled by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center, is pretty clear: After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths.