Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Still dubious on guns

I wonder if my two critics in the recent issues of the Mountain Express would be quite so strident in their defense of assault weapons if either of them—perish the thought—had lost a child, shot at school.

I think I'll pass on Mr. Crea's recommendation that I read a "fine" book called "More Guns, Less Crime," but I accepted his and Mr. Nycum's scolding for not having done sufficient homework. (The statistics I quoted came from a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, but never mind.)

So I did some further research, and found little to reassure me that guns are good for us. Here is just one example I came across: Last year in America, 20,695 people were killed by guns. Last year in the British Isles, 23 people were killed by guns. Even if you allow for the difference in population and multiply this figure by a factor of 4.9, comparative gun deaths in Britain still only come to 113. Why is this, do you suppose?

Diana Fassino


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