If Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut, are the safest places in America, as asserted by some, which child, parent or anyone is safe from the mix of lax gun laws and mental illness anywhere in the country today? An emotional President Barack Obama appeared serious last week when he promised after the deaths of 26 Americans, 20 of them school children, "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this."
In drafting America's first effective federal legislation, Obama and the Congress might note that Canada's homicide rate is about 1.6 per 100,000 residents. This contrasts with America's rate of 4.8.
As Robert Spitzer puts it in The Politics of Gun Control, "…in recent years, more than thirty thousand Americans have been killed annually as the result of the homicidal, accidental and suicidal use of guns. In all, Americans wielding guns intimidate, wound and kill hundreds of thousands of people every year."
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