American Gun Culture

The recent shootings in Arizona have sparked many articles related to the ownership and use of guns within America.  Needless to say, not many folks are considering restricting access to firearms. 

It was interesting to note an article in the Economist that highlighted that in the 18 years between 1979 – 1997, more people in America died as a result of guns than all Americans killed in foreign wars since independence. It was 30,000 people per year. I found that staggering.

When you then consider a country like Switzerland where it is mandatory that all men of military age must have a military firearm in the house around 34 people per year are either killed or wounded with guns.


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