America has a lot of guns – 300 million of them (not counting the military).
That’s approximately 112.6 guns per 100 people.
After America comes Serbia, with a mere 58.21 guns per 100 people.
With more than 100,000 Americans being shot each year (and more than 30,000 of those being shot dead), it’s a wonder there isn’t more federal research into the threat to the nation represented by guns.
If 30,000 people were killed each year by some new disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a federal body, would be all over it like a rash.
But on guns and death the CDC is silent. Gagged, more appropriately, by an amendment to the 1996 appropriations act, introduced after lobbying by the National Rifle Association (NRA).
This amendment stipulates that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.”
Picture source: Captain Roger Fenton