…if we just removed the whole category of ‘gun violence’.
Australia’s non-firearm homicide rate is 1.26 per 100,000 people.
Our firearm homicide rate is 0.31 per 100,000 people, bringing Australia’s total overall gun and non-gun homicide rate to 1.57 people per 100,000 people.
America’s non-firearm homicide rate is 1.58 per 100,000 people.
America’s firearm homicide rate is 2.97 people per 100,000 people, bringing their total overall homicide rate to 4.55 per 100,000 people.
This means that America’s murder rate would be about the same as Australia’s if only they would lock away their guns! But with their guns, they are 4 times more likely to be murdered than us Australians.
With Americans having, on average, 88 guns per 100 people, it seems like when the going gets tough, the tough head out to solve problems the American way. “Solved by Second Amendment!” Gun murders in America are not something to spiritualise away with a little clucking of the tongue and lamenting ‘the evil in the human heart’. This is statistics. It’s social policy and law and common sense. Conflict and tension and murder will always be with us because of the human heart, but when you add guns to the problem of human evil, the laws of physics take those evil urges and magnify the results.