“On Saturday, thousands of left-leaning people descended on the streets of Washington, D.C. to demand gun control as they were surrounded by a heavy presence of ‘good guys with guns.’ It was a truly ironic scene,” reported The Daily Wire.
Let’s call it what it is: An anti-Constitution rally cloaked in the guise of a protest against gun violence.
If they called it a full frontal attack on the Bill of Rights, few would have shown up. Label it a rally against gun violence and, well, who isn’t opposed to gun violence?
And so they came in droves.
Missing from the rally is this important factor: Attacking the Second Amendment will not stop violent gun crime.
How so? Consider the following:
The proliferation of guns in the United States exceeds that of any other nation. Were guns the root cause of gun violence, one would expect America to lead the world gun-related homicides.
There are 101.5 guns per 100 Americans and 3.5 homicides caused by gun violence per 100,000 residents.
Nicaragua has slightly more gun-related homicides — 3.72 per 100,000. But gun ownership in that nation is substantially lower: Only 7.7 guns per 100 residents.
16 other nations have more gun-related homicides per capita than the United States. All have substantially fewer guns per 100 residents than America.
Venezuela’s gun-related homicide rate is more than ten times that of the United States. Yet gun proliferation is much less at 10.7 guns per one hundred residents.
Honduras is much worse. With 66.64 gun-related homicides per 100,000 residents that nation has only about ten guns per 100 residents.
Nations with higher gun-related homicide rates than the United States are:
Honduras 66.64 per 100,000 residents
Venezuela 39.00 per 100,000 residents
Swaziland 37.16 per 100,000 residents
Jamaica 30.38 per 100,000 residents
Guatemala 29.62 per 100,000 residents
El Salvador 26.49 per 100,000 residents
Brazil 20.27 per 100,000 residents
Colombia 17.74 per 100,000 residents
Panama 14.36 per 100,000 residents
Philippines 8.90 per 100,000 residents
South Africa 8.20 per 100,000 residents
Mexico 6.34 per 100,000 residents
Paraguay 5.78 per 100,000 residents
Costa Rica 5.63 per 100,000 residents
Uruguay 4.78 per 100,000 residents
Peru 4.22 per 100,000 residents
Nicaragua 3.72 per 100,000 residents
United States 3.5 per 100,000 residents
Our conclusion: The most effective and efficient strategy of decreasing gun-related homicides is to ban immigration from and, perhaps, impose punitive measures on nations with high gun-related homicides.
Statistics cited do not include suicides.
Supaflyrobby – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45923959