1. “Nobody Needs a Gun.”
2. “We Should just take people’s guns away.”
Who would take those guns away? As with most laws, the police would enforce them. How do the police enforce laws? With their guns.
So they aren’t really saying no one should have guns. You still need police to have guns, otherwise, how do you take away the citizens’ guns?
Somewhere between 70 and 99 million Americans own guns. 13,000 people died in 2015 from gun homicides. That means there was one gun homicide for every 5,385 to 7,600 gun owners.
Police are seven to ten times as likely to kill someone compared to a gun owner. And yet they would be tasked with taking guns away.
3. “Everyone who owns a gun/ that many guns is crazy!”
There is some debate about what constitutes a “mass shooting.” But if we are talking about the big headline shootings with the gun-obsessed social loner perpetrator, we are talking about a handful a year, if that.
But even if 50 of these “gun nuts” went crazy every year and went on a shooting spree, that accounts for .00065% of all “super owners” who own an average of 17 guns.
You would have to come across 154,000 gun nuts before you met one who was even remotely likely to carry out a mass shooting. You probably won’t even meet half that many people–let alone gun owners—in your lifetime.
But many “mass shootings”–including gang wars–are carried out by people who are not licensed to buy a firearm. This means the current restrictive laws were not sufficient to keep guns out of their hands.
4. “America has a gun violence problem.”
America is a big place with over 320 million inhabitants. The spread of gun violence is far from even.
More than 25% of America’s gun homicides in 2015 happened across census blocks that contain just 1.5% of the country’s total population.
While gun control advocates often say it is unacceptable that Americans overall are “25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries”, people who live in these neighborhood areas face an average gun homicide rate about 400 times higher than the rate across those high-income countries.
More than half of America’s gun homicides were clustered in just 127 cities and towns, which together have less than a quarter of the nation’s population.