In a lot of ways, my choice of “gun deaths” for this arc of stories was made for me. I wanted to enter into the discussion frame that was already set up by the left, and work within that frame with data.
I was generally of your mind before I started the project, but what I found was that not only gun suicide correlates with gun ownership, but overall suicide correlates as well. But only in men. Women will find other ways, but some men are hasty. Basically.
The Left Is Making the Wrong Case on Gun Deaths. Here’s a Better Case.
The gun conversation in this country has real, systemic problems.
In general though, the idea of reducing our guns per capita on an overall basis is simply untenable, even if legislative hurdles and constitutional rights aren’t included. The math of collecting the guns alone means there will never be a reduction in our gun proliferation to the rates seen in other countries.