Another day in America means another mass shooting. A week and a half after the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA we find ourselves grappling with another one. This time at a bar in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Since I’m very proficient at being a cynic, I don’t see much hope that the gun violence issues we have in America will change. Things felt different after the Parkland shooting, but now it seems as though we’re going back to business as usual.
What can we do to make it better? That’s a complicated question for which no one has an easy answer. I wish I could say the situation will improve, but based on our current climate, I don’t see many reasons to be optimistic.
When it comes to gun control, people on both sides get their facts wrong. Here are four honest statistics around guns in America.
1. The United States does not lead the world in mass shootings. We’re only in 11th place.
It’s a common line used by gun-control advocates. But it’s not true.
2. Americans own a vast majority of the world’s gun inventory.
There’s almost 9 guns for every 10 people in the United States. The number two country, Yemen, isn’t even close.
3. The gun homicide rate in America is over 25% higher than other high-income countries.
Compare this to the UK, American’s are 51 times more likely to be killed in gun-related violence.
4. So far in 2018, there have been 307 mass shootings in the United States.
The Thousand Oaks, CA shooting took place on the 311th day of the year.