After any mass shooting, there are certain places you can count on to push for gun control pretty much immediately. Vox is one of those publications.
Sure enough, they started their push before a suspect was even in custody. That’s before we knew much about what actually happened, much less how the shooter got a firearm in the first place.
But that didn’t stop them from pushing.
At least six people were killed in a shooting at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, on Monday, and more than 20 others were injured in the latest outbreak of mass gun violence in the US.
The shooter is still at large, according to police.
The shooting in a Chicago suburb — which some attending the parade initially mistook for fireworks, according to the New York Times — has brought American exceptionalism on gun violence into stark relief as it marks its most patriotic holiday.
No other high-income country has suffered such a high death toll from gun violence. Every day, more than 110 Americans die at the end of a gun, including suicides and homicides, an average of 40,620 per year. Since 2009, there has been an annual average of 19 mass shootings, when defined as shootings in which at least four people are killed. The US gun homicide rate is as much as 26 times that of other high-income countries; its gun suicide rate is nearly 12 times higher.
That’s a great point…except, it’s not.
See, while gun control proponents love to use information like this, there’s some additional context that they continually ignore.
For example, our non-gun homicide rate is also higher than most other high-income countries’ total homicide rate.
While the author is pontificating about the evils of guns, they’re ignoring that our non-gun homicide rate would still make us the most violent developed nation in the world all on its own, and that would assume that if guns disappeared then the rate would remain unchanged, which is simply not reasonable.
After all, at least some of those killed with guns would have been killed with some other weapon if a firearm weren’t available.
Additionally, let’s look at the incredibly violent nations of South America. These have homicide rather that make ours look downright peaceful, yet they, too, lack mass shootings. Guns, while heavily restricted, aren’t exactly difficult to obtain. If someone wanted to commit a mass shooting, it wouldn’t be difficult to do so.
And yet, they’re nowhere near as common down that way as they are here.
This also holds true in the Philippines.
Why are these nations so violent, yet seem almost immune to the mass shooting incidents that plague us? That’s difficult to say, in part because the academics whose job it is to look at stuff like this keep spouting the same nonsense the Vox author did, all in an effort to push gun control down the throats of the American people, whether we want it or not.
The truth is, though, this is just a partial picture of what’s going on here in the United States when it comes to so-called gun violence. It ignores a key part of the truth, that we are simply a more violent nation and that gun control won’t make that change.