American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?

Yeah, it’s a Constitutional right to bear arms in the U.S. and in a perfect world, everybody would wield them responsibly. But when the saturation rate is nearing 1:1 for guns/people in the country (nearly twice the rate of the next country, Serbia[1]); the domestic death toll amongst US citizens from gun-inflicted wounds since 1968 (1.3 million) exceeds the total number of people who have died in all US wars combined (1.1 million); the gun lobbies are all-powerful, and humans are anything from perfect, the line has to be drawn somewhere. The vicious circle of guns being sold as ‘safety’ devices, to address everybody else having guns, is truly saddening.

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_of_guns_per_capita_by_country#List_of_countries_by_number_of_guns
  
“About their own safety, Americans often have an unusual ability to hold two utterly opposed ideas in their heads simultaneously. That can only explain the past decade in which the fear of terror has cost the country hundreds of billions of dollars in wars, surveillance and intelligence programmes and homeland security. Ten years after 9/11, homeland security spending doubled to $69bn. The total bill since the attacks is more than $649bn. One more figure. There have been fewer than 20 terror-related deaths on American soil since 9/11 and about 364,000 deaths caused by privately owned firearms.”

American gun use is out of control. Shouldn’t the world intervene?

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