The U.S. murder rate by firearms is about 20 times the average of other high-income countries. Many blame weak federal regulations that allow people to acquire weapons far too easily.
Gun politics in the United States
I would encourage the reading of this latest opus by Dan Rodericks of the Baltimore Sun. Roderick’s comments become even more significant in light of the latest news of a 9 year old girl shooting her instructor with an Uzi.
Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, spent money to assist Colorado lawmakers who supported Colorado's new gun law and who were facing a recall election last year. His efforts and $350,000 failed to save their seats in the legislature.
Because it's difficult to legally buy a gun in Mexico, "illicit firearms are responsible for all the gun deaths. And it is the U.S. ... making this gun trafficking possible."
I recently wrote a blog that included data on gun violence.
I guess it is a sign of the times that the blog was hopelessly out of date by the time it appeared on NCR Today. The terrible shooting at the mall in Columbia, Md., occurred just after I had submitted my blog to NCR. Columbia is a suburb of both the Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., area. I mentioned in my blog that malls were one venue where shootings have been occurring.
I wanted to gather some recent data on gun violence in our country for consideration. Let's look first at some data generated by Heeding God's Call: There are 283 million guns currently in civilian hands in the United States, yet the number of homes with guns has declined from 54 percent in 1977 to 33 percent in 2009. The average number of guns per owner has therefore increased from 4.1 in 1994 to 6.9 in 2004.
Faith groups are making an effort to convince Congress to pass legislation expanding background checks to those purchasing guns as the one-year anniversary of the Newtown shootings approaches.