A quick Google seems to show India is 4th in the world for school shootings in this year with 5 so far, Mexico 2nd with 8 all compared to the US's 1st with 288.A lot of countries have millions of guns and the same thing doesn't happen, also a lot of these countries don't have better mental health care than America For example somewhere India has 71m guns in civilian possession, a lot less per capita but still the access is there, yet I can't remember hearing of a mass shooting at a school in India. At this point it seems to be kind of a cultural thing with disturbed kids in America imitating previous school shooters. It's very bizarre.
In a country of 1.4 billion that's only a 5.3% ownership rate, assuming that each person who owns a gun only owns one. Hell, it's 4.6% here. When the ownership rate is so low they're generally going to be owned by people that actually need them and store them properly.
In America, there are 1.2 guns per person. That's 23x more guns per capita than in India. It's not comparable.
I understand they have less guns per capita, and India was just one example, there are a lot of countries where people have access to firearms and millions of them are spread throughout the population and the same thing doesn't happen.
Part of the problem in viewing this stuff from the outside too is it's hard to comprehend how "foreign" America is if you haven't been.
Very few people understand this.
Their values are just so different to ours, have a conversation with the average American about free healthcare or something - it's like having a conversation with a space alien from another dimension or something. They just don't understand the notion of having a society where everybody contributes for the wellbeing of everyone else in that society regardless of who has the money, because ultimately if you do that - society as a whole is better off.
It's every man for himself, **** the next guy.
Yep, another good point. There are so many jobs tied to the arms sector there that banning guns will mean mass unemployment.Theres too much money to be made from guns and everything around them for the lobbies to allow the US to do anything about their gun issues. Like all things in the US, money explains 99% of the bizarre **** they do.
Which is one of the hard things to get your head around unless you've experienced it, as in general there is a deep seated mutual appreciation. Americans love the Brits and vice versa. I only have to start talking when I'm there and I see people's faces light up. Though due to several hundred years of divergent history we now have some widely differing thoughts on the same subject.Part of the problem in viewing this stuff from the outside too is it's hard to comprehend how "foreign" America is if you haven't been. People assume that because we speak English, have the same stuff, and are thought of as a mini America, that we're similar but in reality, we're miles apart. I've been five times now and it's one of the most "foreign-feeling" countries there are. Their mentality is so completely different to us.
Just as a thought, have they looked at the chemicals and **** that they ingest in their diets and what the long term effects on stuff like that are, they'd probably rather do that than tighten up on the guns thing...
The USA is broken but is so arrogant to see it needs to change..
You seem to be ignoring my point. Yes, 71 million is a big number. But they're spread out very thinly, if only 5% of people own them then they're far more likely to actually need a gun.
They're less likely to treat them like a toy, more likely to secure them properly and if only every 20th person has one that's obviously going to limit access.
The US has more guns in private ownership than the next 48 countries combined. It's absurd.
It's easy to get desensitised to this stuff, but bloody hell this one is awful. I'm in shock.
On the face of it, this post sounds a little crazy. But there has been some reasonable speculation that one of the reasons we (US in particular) had so many serial killers in the 70s is to do with the quantity of lead in the water and how this has the potential to inhibit normal reactions to impulses.
Part of the problem in viewing this stuff from the outside too is it's hard to comprehend how "foreign" America is if you haven't been. People assume that because we speak English, have the same stuff, and are thought of as a mini America, that we're similar but in reality, we're miles apart. I've been five times now and it's one of the most "foreign-feeling" countries there are. Their mentality is so completely different to us.