It also fills me with joy that we have a lower homicide rate than South Africa, Brazil and Mexico — and 111 other countries.

In addition, I’m pretty happy that, despite increases in 2015 and 2016, the U.S. homicide rate is still well below the average for the past 58 years.

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Am I happy about the homicides themselves? Of course not. Every murder, regardless of the means used, is tragic. So is every suicide.

But, based on easily obtainable information, gun control laws seem to be largely irrelevant when it comes to rates of homicide and suicide.

Case in point: Following the enactment of universal background checks in Colorado, Delaware and Washington, the state homicide rates rose 41.7%, 28.3% and 30.8%, respectively. Does that mean that background check laws cause murder? Since Oregon’s homicide rate fell 24.7% after universal background checks became law, they obviously don’t.

In all honesty, what does make me really happy is that I am not gullible enough to fall for suckerbait like the Times article.

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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