I am on a bit of a rant at the moment, things in the press make me so very angry. And I woke up this morning to the news that the USA had had its 40th shooting in a school. The 141st time since The Sandy Hook massacre.
I am not into other countries politics, mainly because while I could chat about them, I don’t live there, so I cant get a feel for what is happening and I would say that about 90% of things reported are in some way fabricated, or embellashed.
Anyway what I can’t get my head round is why the USA seems to have the problem they do with shootings. The UK had one major incident in Dunblane in 1996 where 16 children and 1 teacher was killed. I was about 14 so still fairly young and didn’t really understand, but also it means that I grew up in a country where we didn’t have guns, because of that shooting it basically means its illegal to own a hand gun.
But then you have a country like Switzerland. In 2001 it was noted that the total number of firearms in private homes is estimated minimally at 1.2 million to 3 million. (Swiss Foreign and Security Policy Network Policy)
Compare this to the States
In 2005 over 10% of households contained handguns, compared to 18% of U.S. households that contained handguns. In 2005 almost 29% of households in Switzerland contained firearms of some kind, compared to almost 43% in the US. (Criminal Victimisation in International Perspective)
In 2014 Switzerland had a murder rate of 0.49 per 100,000 population, there were 173 attempted and completed homicides, of which 18 involved firearms. (Swiss Federal Statistical Office)
I wish I could compare it, but I couldn’t find any facts or figures for 2014 for the whole country but in New York alone, there was 328 murders and 100 more shootings that in 2013 (Daily beast)
The States has 5% of the population with 50% of the world’s civilian-owned firearms. According to the UNODC, 60% of U.S. homicides in 2009 were perpetrated using a firearm
I don’t have the answer, I wish I did, because another 10 innocent people have died, but I do agree with the Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin that the person who commited this latest act, wanted his name to be known and I refuse to do that, so I ask you to remember the name of Chris Mintz, who was wounded while rushing the killer, the day Chris Mintz was shot was also his son’s 6th birthday, all being well I hope Chris Mintz makes a full recovery and someone somewhere comes up with the soltution to gun control.