One would have to ask, perhaps there is some other policy that is lax in the United States which is a lot stricter in other countries. If we take a look at the percentage of stores in these countries that carry live ammunition as summarized in Table 2, we see the same thing. America is roughly just as gun-happy as Britain or Canada and is even less gun-happy than France, England, or Germany. Taken from: International Statistics on Guns and Gun Violence But if we take a look at guns confiscated from high schools in 2005, Canada only had 17 such incidents, England had only 9 incidents, while France and Britain had 14 and 15 respectively.
The greatest number among the other nations that this paper is investigating is Germany, and they’ve had only 23. The United States on the other hand has had 4,222 reported incidents of gun confiscation across their public school system (Grover 14). One can argue that the U. S. is a lot larger than these other countries, but still even if you take the land area of all these countries combined, the problems they are having with children having guns in their schools are still a lot less than the troubles America is experiencing with its own children.
America’s students are bringing guns to class a lot more often than European kids or Canadian kids even though the children in both countries have the same liberal environment that allow them to procure guns quite easily. If we look at the death toll in these other different countries caused by guns in 2005, Canadians have had 181 deaths resulting from gun violence. The French saw 126 deaths because of guns. The rest had numbers less than a hundred with Great Britain only seeing 19 Brits die from guns in the said.
How many people die from gun violence in the United States? Five thousand nine hundred twenty people in the United States had died from gun violence in 2005 alone. While the first two tables showed that there is a similar gun control climate among the different countries that this paper has taken into consideration, the proceeding numbers on gun violence indicate that despite of this, the United States stand out in terms of gun related murders.
Even though Canadians are more or less just as free to purchase gun ammunition in the nearest convenience store, it is in the United States that bullets purchased in convenient stores are likely to be used in perpetrating a murder. Although it should seem somewhat logical that America’s lax gun control laws as characterized by the percentage of the United States population who own guns and the percentage of convenient stores who carry live ammunition is one of the causes of rampant gun related violence, the scrutiny with of other countries with similar if not even more lax gun control policies expose this logic as being unsound in reality.
The great number of America’s gun owning population cannot be explicitly related to the overwhelming counts of gun related violence that they experience on a daily basis. Therefore, the thesis that it is America’s lax gun control laws that are causing rampant gun violence in the country cannot be supported.