In the USA about 2.3 Million of the *300 M people (*thanks Andrea) die each year.
In Canada there are 30 Million people and about 225,000 deaths are recorded annually. According to stafrickintistics most of us North Americans will exit stage left via the following causes thanks to a combination of genetics, behavioral factors and chance:
*I am always surprised that so many people succumb to intentional self harm, 30,000 Americans (80 per day) and
4,000 Canadians .
I discovered that in the US there are about
per year compared to 500 in Canada.
Of those 14,000 Murders nearly 10,000 are the result of GUNS.
In Canada GUNS kill about 175 people.
That is 1 Canadian every 2nd day.
GUNS don't kill people,
people with GUNS kill people!
Here in North America if you watch the News, TV Programs, play Video Games or go to the Movies, you are so overwhelmed with the images of GUNS that it would be easy to start getting completely paranoid.... and if Art, and I use the term loosely, truly imitated Life there would be about 100 million murders a year in North America... and all of them would be the result of GUNS!
In Canada (30M) there are estimated to be about 7M GUNS,
1.2M being heavily restricted Handguns.
In the USA (300M) there are an estimated
220 MILLION Guns,
75M of which are Handguns.
PUHLEEEZE spare me the 2nd Ammendment Bullsh*t concerning the right to bare arms. America has the most powerful Armed Forces in history and a free press to monitor your government...
even though bloggers seem to be doing a better job of watching your government than the the media these days.
The Gun Lobby Nutjobs should stop hiding and forget about King George the 3rd and the British Army returning to conquer the Colonies..
they should be more concerned about President George the 2nd!
Where was I?
Of the 10,000 GUN Murders in America about
7,500 of them were committed using Handguns,
500 Shotguns and 400 were Rifles.
Firearms are now the 2nd(murder) and 3rd(suicide)causes of death for American Males aged 15-24 following Automobile accidents. That is as pathetic as it is frightening!
It seems to be self evident that the availability of GUNS figures significantly into the execution of a murder/criminal act whether it is premeditated or not.
GUNS offer the assailant several distinct advantages such as distance, use of force, a sense of power and the perception of invincibility.
Perhaps the most disturbing modern trend is the
The laissez faire attitude towards GUN control by all levels of Government and the incredible success of the multi Billion Dollar GUN industry and the tireless efforts of their lobbyists to keep GUNS easily available have come to fruition.
The accessibility of GUNS by disturbed Teenagers has resulted in a deplorable state of affairs. You cannot argue that these horrific episodes would not exist if those f*cking GUNS weren't so easy to get. The mere fact that this issue is not being given our full attention speaks volumes about our societal mindset.
Shame on us.
Our children should not have to live in Fear.
In the end the vast majority of us will speed up our demise from self inflicted overindulgences, unfortunate lifestyle choices, and activities which are listed here in order of their cumulative effects on our health.
Most of us will get to play out our hands (be they Environmental and/or Biological) according to the annoyingly accurate computations of the Life Insurance Companies..in the meantime....
...we need to worry about the kid down the street with a gun far more than whether or not Lil Kim has Nuclear Weapons in Bad Korea.
What do you think that we should do about GUNS?