By now most people are well aware of the hostage situation that recently occurred in Sydney, Australia. When I first heard about this story I just hoped that everything would turn out well. I never thought in a million years that gun nuts would try to use it as some kind of asinine example of why Australia needs more guns.
But the stupidity of these gun fanatics following this hostage situation has been astounding. Some of these people are honestly trying to claim that more guns in Australia could have prevented the whole thing. Now I know these people like to reach for any reason to point and say, “See, guns could have stopped that!” but trying to use this tragedy is not only just absurd, it’s almost comical.
The last thing any gun lover in the United States should be doing is lecturing a country like Australia about violence – especially gun violence.
Let’s just look at the basic facts, shall we?
When looking at gun-related deaths, Australia averages a 1.04 per 100k gun-related death rate compared to the United States at 10.2 (highest in the modern world). We average 88.8 guns per 100 citizens and Australia averages 15.
In fact, we average more guns per citizen than any other developed country on Earth – and we also nearly triple our closest competition when it comes to gun-related deaths per 100k people.
Amazing, isn’t it? The NRA and gun lovers constantly claim that “guns make us safer,” except that’s not at all what actual reality tells us. In fact, these stats would show that the exact opposite is true. We have more guns than any other developed country and we also lead the developed world (by far) in gun-related deaths.
Now let’s focus on just the hostage situation in Sydney.
Aside from the gunman, two other people were killed during this hostage standoff – two. Three times that many died in Pennsylvania recently when a gunman allegedly went and shot and killed six members of his family. And these two deaths in Australia don’t even come close to the 26 lives that were taken at Sandy Hook (27 including the shooter’s mother) or the 12 lives lost in the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting.
All deaths at the hands of lunatics who had easy access to guns.
So spare me this gun-loving b.s. about how guns could have prevented this hostage situation. Because while the loss of these two lives is tragic, that number doesn’t even come close to how many Americans have been killed in this country because of guns.
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