It's really simple. While conservative politicians, Fox News and gun rights groups spout off about mental illness and video games being to blame, these groups just don't want to see or present the big picture. Look around! It's the rapid-fire rifles, how truly stupid do you have to be? Agreed, last week there were four people killed by stabbing in an over two long hour attack. Two hours! Do the math - nine people were killed in Dayton in under 30 seconds, twenty-one victims killed in El Paso in under two minutes. In Las Vegas, fifty-eight concertgoers were killed and four hundred twenty-two wounded in 10 minutes. Now, if the number of deaths do really concern you, then you must see the ridiculousness of the "deaths by stabbings argument". Yes, please, continue to try to convince us all that mental illness and video games are to blame and you will be voted out of office.
Soon after the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings our NameCaller-In-Chief said "Mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger. Not the gun". I've got news for the toddler in the White House - if there is no assault-type of weapon there is no trigger. Speaking of toddlers, four kids in El Paso are now orphans. How very, very sad.
The evidence is clear, states with stronger gun laws have lower gun death rates, year after year.
Regarding death rates per-capita, the states with the loosest gun laws suffer the most gun deaths.
24/7 Wall St .com reviewed data on gun violence by state based on the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks the number of gun-related deaths in each state. (article link)
Top 10 states with the most deaths per capita:
8. New Mexico
10. South Carolina
These states with highest number of deaths per capita listed above are mostly of Republican leadership.
Top 10 states with the fewest gun deaths per capita:
2. Rhode Island
3. New York
6. New Jersey
Surprise, surprise. The top 10 states with the fewest gun deaths per state are led mostly by the Democratic Party. But then leaders and readers might only care if they seriously WANT to save lives. Sometimes I wonder.
I am not in favor of removing all firearms from society. Few to none of the mass shootings in this country are caused by enthusiasts of bolt-action, lever action or black powder rifles or muskets. And by the way, muskets were the weapons of the time when the Second Amendment was written.
We can and must do better. We pride ourselves on being better than other nations. This is the United States, not some third-world banana republic - yet.