Among the developed economies of the world (OECD countries), America has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest number of guns per capita, and the highest rate of deaths due to gun assault. America, for that matter, has more homicides by gun than all other high income OECD countries combined.
And it doesn’t take a Newtown, Connecticut kind of carnage to tell us that there’s something definitely wrong with a society that places such a premium on guns as a tool for self-defense that parents do not even hesitate to expose their children to such a tool of violence.
Would Adam Lanza have gone on a shooting spree if his own mother (whom he later shot and killed) had not taught him how to shoot a rifle?
Former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarksjold once said: “He who wants to keep his garden tidy does not leave room for weeds.”
- Ariel Murphy