Friday, December 11, 2015

A Passing Thought About Gun Violence

Following the recent mass shooting in San Bernadino, there was a predicable spike in gun sales across the country.

US News and World Report had done some research noting that gun sales escalated 50% from the time the current president was elected and exceeded the spike in gun purchases we experienced after the 9/11 attack.

To date over 70 million guns have been purchased during the Obama presidency.  That's about 1 for every 4 Americans or about 1 for every household.  

During the Newtown mass shooting, NRA CEO and executive vice-president Wayne LaPierre noted that the solution seemed to be more gun possession, stating that the only thing that stops "a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun".

With 70 million more guns in circulation since 2008 it appears that practically everyone has guns, yet mass shootings and gun violence appear to be escalating rather than reducing in number.  Could it be because everybody's got guns?

(I haven't researched any of this or developed an expertise in the subject.  Just sincerely asking the question.)

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