Deez Guns R Nuts
America Has A Gun Problem
Hello War & Peaceniks. Today is a special edition, offering some analysis on one of America’s biggest issues: its gun epidemic. First, here’s the most nauseating infographic I’ve ever made.
(Not so) Fun Gun facts:
Australia: Banned assault rifles in 1996. Just one mass shooting murder in the 26 years since. Gun deaths there are down 60%.
England: Banned assault rifles in 1987 and hand guns in 1996. Now has one of the lowest gun-related death rates in the developed world.
A country’s rate of gun ownership directly correlated with the odds it would experience a mass shooting.
This relationship held even when the United States is excluded, indicating that it could not be explained by some other factor. It holds when controlled for homicide rates, suggesting that mass shootings were better explained by a society’s access to guns than by its baseline level of violence.
Mental health is not a factor. Americans do not have more mental health problems than in other countries with fewer mass shootings. Just 4% of American gun deaths could be attributed to mental health issues.
“An ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion. The ONLY variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.” University of Alabama
I’ve never owned a gun. I do not begrudge someone who wants to own one, despite the fact that owning a gun makes you statistically no more safe than not owning one, and makes you more than 10X more likely to die from one. But if someone wants to own a gun to hunt or protect themselves in their home, I do not begrudge them that.
Yet, this country’s addiction to guns is simply irrational. It’s killing us. It’s time for an intervention. Please share this infographic if you agree.
If you do not, please feel free to post your supporting math and data below. Otherwise, please don’t bring guns to a fact fight. You can’t win an argument shooting blanks.
This is not a political post. It’s a human post. If the nature of this post upsets you, I am sorry. This space is dedicated to analyzing data and offering insights. And the data is totes clear: Guns kill people. Specifically, they kill more Americans because we have more guns.
I’ll return to media analysis Friday. I hope I don’t have to come back to this subject again, but unfortunately, I don’t think the data will allow that.