The Delicate Flowers of the US Gun Lobby

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Meanwhile in the real world more Americans have been killed by guns and their use in homicides, suicides, accidents,  domestic violence than in all the wars in American history. And a gun owner has 22 times more probability of losing themselves or a family member to gun use than of using a gun to protect themselves from attack by a stranger.

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I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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4 Responses to The Delicate Flowers of the US Gun Lobby

  1. trevor fisher says:

    its a great cartoon and the conclusions are unanswerable. However there is a wider issue here about violence in the USA. I understand that there are more guns per head in Canada than the USA, but less actual violent use of them. How do we understand this paradox?

    Trevor Fisher

    • @Trevor Fisher. Good point. On the one hand availability of guns is a very good predictor of national gun deaths. Canada while lower than the US has the highest gun death rate of any developed country I think. And Switzerland with military guns kept at home in large numbers has the highest gun death rate of any European country. Yet as you say the US goes far beyond the correlation of guns/gun deaths found in other countries. I suspect it is a combination of gang violence (gangs in other developed countries tend to settle their territorial disputes without such violent turf wars), higher suicide rate among Veterans (because the US has been in so many wars), and then the ideological gun rights attitude that brings in racial fears and of course I think domestic violence as a symptom of the masculinity issues so many white American males seem to need guns to assuage. But would welcome any stats that throw light on these issues. Thanks.

  2. trevorfisher2 says:

    I don’t have any stats, and really what we need is a method to communicate and discuss these issues that don’t involve blogging. Time and again we have a gun tragedy and there is a brief flurry of comment, but it dies. So how can a more permanent study group be set up?

    Trevor Fisher.

    • @trevorfisher2. There are plenty of stats, though the NRA consistently blocks funding for research on this issue by the Center for Disease Control who would be a fairly objective body. What is really needed is that moderate sensible gun owners who are the majority take back the NRA from the extremists. The NRA used to be a moderate sensible body focusing on gun training and safety; and it was hi-jacked in the 1970s I think and moved out west and it has become more extreme with every passing year. A Sensible Gun Owners Association SGOA is what is really needed as no gun owner listens much to non gun owners but all the gun owners I know think the NRA is crazy but do nothing to replace it.

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