Tired of the Anti-Gun Lectures ← Let’s Avoid the Big Government Trap with Regulation A Method to End the Madness → Merle The Monster The predictable reactions that follow mass shootings only serve to underline the deep divisions in our country. The other thing that is predictable is that there be another mass shooting somewhere in the country. The US leads the world in the number and frequency of these events by a wide margin. I’ve given up hope that we can find consensus between those who own guns and those who do not. I ,like many people , thought that the mass shooting of elementary school children would be the catalyst for some reform but I was mistaken. Gun sales went up and the divisions between advocates were widened. As one who has tried to straddle that divide it may become completely untenable as time goes on. What is certain though is that Mr. Owens can dust his tweet off and use it again in the not too distant future. Justin Katz If you account for the size of a country’s population, the United States isn’t even in the top 10 for deaths during mass public shootings. See here. Merle The Monster https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/07/world/americas/mass-shootings-us-international.html Justin Katz That article is laughable. Notice how they say that the only country with higher “mass shootings” based on population is Yemen but leave out any country with fewer than 10 million people. That methodology drops more than 60% of all countries, including, conveniently, major European countries that would also be higher than the U.S. by this measure. Merle The Monster Your comment is a perfect example of the widening chasm of disbelief That has opened between us. Like I wrote I fear that we cannot find a way to confront problems in this country together when we can’t agree with whose evidence we can use and accept before trying to find solutions. Let me ask this before going any further…. Do you think that there is a problem with the frequency of these mass shootings in our country? Justin Katz Absolutely. But it isn’t a gun problem. It’s a culture problem. Merle The Monster A third of US citizens possess around 300 million firearms roughly equal to the total population. Availability and access should be a concern to us all. Cultural issues deserve attention but we cannot overlook the numbers either.