I stumbled into this conversation by virtue of recently following marjorie steele and John Metta, who I’ve found to both be fascinating writers and independent thinkers. I hope you don’t mind me butting in. I find this thread fascinating, but I’d like to bring something up. I don’t think this:
Still, places with less guns have less gun violence. The rest of the world is proof enough that that it’s utterly stupid of the US to spread deadly weapons all over the place.
..is technically true at all, when you get to the math. It’s widely reported, but those reports almost always intentionally conflate suicide with homicide, and play very complicated word games to portray something as being clear, which is dramatically unclear. I did a bit of mathematics on the subject in several Medium articles recently.
Everybody’s Lying About the Link Between Gun Ownership and Homicide
There is no clear correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rate and gun homicide rate. Not within the USA. Not…
The Magic Gun Evaporation Fairy
Three Reasons Why Gun Ownership Rates From Other Countries Don’t Matter
And in terms of homicides, the US is actually doing really really well by our standards right now. Better than we’ve done in my entire lifetime. The actual “epidemic” we’re seeing isn’t in gun homicides, it’s in news stories about gun homicides.
The Gun Homicide Epidemic Isn’t
Or, “How lying about reality doesn’t engender cross-cultural cooperation.”
The one qualifier about that I’d state though, statistically speaking, is that there’s a real issue in the young black male community. Those folks need help. And not just gun-specific help, they’re in a socioeconomic trap.