5. America has 4.4% of the world's population, but almost half of the world’s civilian-owned guns: pic.twitter.com/fPiBeqfqui— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 2, 2015
A regular reader, Doug Pancoast, joins the depressingly ongoing thread led by Fallows:
I think America’s gun problem (and I do believe that America has a gun problem) really boils down to three major divides.
The first is the urban-rural divide. For the Americans who still live in rural areas, their experience with guns is very different from people who grew up in cities. There are far more shootings in cities than in tiny towns, and so the perceived level of danger is very different. Furthermore, cities have police who can respond to problems much more quickly than a sheriff might be able to respond to a shooter out in the country. People in rural areas don’t feel like they can depend on police to protect them, and therefore they feel like they need the protection of a gun. However, people in rural America want to to force people living in populated cities to live with the same loose gun restrictions, even though the dangers associated with guns are much greater for people living in cities.
The second divide has to do with the way individuals, regardless of where they might live, view guns.