I have been trying to get my head round the numbers involved when it comes to guns in the USA. Here’s my attempt at a make shift infographic – feel free to try and make a better one.
Here are the sources of the stats:
“There are as many as 300 million guns in circulation today (the majority owned legally, but many not) and more than 4 million new guns come onto the market each year. To talk about eradicating guns, especially given what the Supreme Court has said about the individual right to gun-ownership, is futile.”
The atlantic article also argues that
“40 percent of all guns sold in America legally are sold without benefit of a federal background check”
The heartening thing is that President Obama does seem to be willing to make an impact on this issue, one of the benefits of the second term of a presidency is that it could be less about trying to be re-elected and more about making a difference.
The big question for me is whether the US’s christians will find a way to start a movement that will give Obama and even the Republican opposition the political space to make some changes. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing – trying to eradicate guns. Just make it more difficult to own them.