However, as I see guns per capita as basically irrelevant for homicide rates, I don’t think the article ends up contributing much to the debate.
Yep. Right with you.
Gun violence is one of many expressions of complex societal characteristics, like poverty, wealth distribution, laws and regulations, segregation, societal trust etc. Just looking at homicides and guns per capita alone wouldn’t prove too much either way, and I’m afraid the debate is being oversimplified.
“We have a gun problem” is a lure for culture war clickbait to get people mad at each other. The USA is so different than any other first world country on so many metrics I can’t even keep track of them all, so pointing at gun proliferation differences and claiming to know a cure is patently ridiculous. Especially when we’re actually doing quite well on the homicide front, by our standards. Any reasonable attempt at characterizing our “gun deaths” problem must land first and foremost on suicide prevention, and secondarily on figuring out how to help young black males out of the Trap.
And that’s just math.