Hi there Stu,

Back in the ’60s and ’70s, it was reported that one in three homes contained at least one gun. I would posit that this trend hasn’t decreased with population…

Indeed it hasn’t. A little more than 40% of U.S. households contain a gun, in fact. But those who actually own the guns are between 20–25% of adults.

even if ALL of what you say regarding “Mt. Stupid” is correct, are these REALLY the people committing homicides with guns?

…That is what is needed. NOT articles slamming a third of Americans as living on “Mt. Stupid.”

I never said, nor meant, that the gun-owners on Mt. Stupid are the ones committing murder with them. One can be naive without being a criminal, of course. (Although the ones who ARE committing murder with firearms probably are on Mt. Stupid.) Nor did I ever accuse a third of Americans of being stupid. You’re misinterpreting my argument. I simply mean that there are plenty of gun-owners who overestimate their ability with a gun, because most people are not good at accurately imagining what a life-or-death situation would be like in real life.

Actually it’s the majority; about one-third of all U.S. citizens, including those from the left/liberal side, own firearms.

I don’t understand. Since when is one-third a majority?

We understand that armed self-defense is a basic constitutional right.

This issue is too big to unpack fully here, but it’s worth mentioning that this argument is very close to the “begging the question” fallacy that assumes its conclusion within its own premise.

It’s also true that the whole gun issue is a uniquely America phenomenon. I grew up in rural Canada where long guns are relatively common (in a Canadian context). Yet handguns in Canada are very rare, and certainly nobody carries them concealed, because virtually nobody up here needs to worry about being attacked with a gun. Why? Because Canada is a less violent society than the U.S., and there are simply far fewer guns here.

In other words, the proof is in the pudding. Fewer guns = less gun violence. If you’re afraid of someone coming to shoot you, move to Canada and you’ll no longer have to worry!

2018 winner of the Dalton Camp Award for essay-writing. M.A. Political Science. I'll go to the mat for the Oxford comma.

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