You’re absolutely right, no question about it.

As I explained in my response to another comment, I believe a large part of the problem is the political desire to focus on an easy culprit. This allows the pols (and a number of others on both sides) to dodge the main issues.

These issues include the rising suicide rate, especially the alarming increase in the number of female suicides. Strictly by the numbers, suicides involving the use of firearms have declined. However, a little digging will show that the decline is not due to fewer men ending their lives with guns but because the gender mix is suicides is changing because of the increase in the number of women choosing to end their own lives. In most age groups, poison is the top choice. Depending on the specific age group, poison may be followed by firearms but in a couple of age ranges, guns are actually third behind poison and suffocation, usually by hanging.

Focusing on guns means pretty much ignoring nearly half of all suicides in the U.S.

Another problem, especially in the larger cities, is gangs. Last year, the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department commented that 60% of the homicides in that city were gang-related. In Chicago, just 15 of the city’s 77 neighborhoods were the scenes of nearly 70% of the city’s homicides and more than 68% of the total number of people injured by criminal assault.

By the way, the homicide rate in the U.S. is only high compared to cherry-picked nations that have little in common with it. The U.S. has one of the lowest homicide rates compared to virtually every other country in the Western Hemisphere. It also has a lower homicide rate than the Russian Federation. Since these countries generally have gun laws that are far more restrictive than the U.S., that should give us some clue as to the efficacy of gun laws.

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