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  •  I often hear the excuse that (23+ / 0-)

    more guns = less violence, citing the increasing number of actual firearms in circulation. The estimate I always hear is 300 million, although I have no idea who came up with it or how accurate it actually is.

    Of course, that makes no sense--- if guns aren't the problem, as they're wont to say, they're not the solution, either.  Because if they don't kill people, they don't protect people.

    But what they conveniently miss is that fewer people have guns--- the gun ownership rate in this country is on a statistically steady 40-year-slide.  The sale of guns is steady, but that's because the average owner has 7.8 guns (and rising).  The gun culture is less about hunters and people with one pistol for self-defense, and more about avid collectors and gun geeks who just love the darn things.

     The problem with gun violence isn't just the guns, or just the people--- it's the people with guns.  Fewer people with guns = less gun violence.   Gun removal programs like in Australia, or gun control legislation like background checks on every sale... these lead to fewer people with guns.  And that means less gun violence.

    Conservatives need to realize that their Silent Moral Majority is neither silent, nor moral, nor a majority.

    by nominalize on Mon May 06, 2013 at 05:46:29 PM PDT

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