with more guns in public, more people get killed.So let's look at this lovely "handout" from the Brady Bunch which says
In one year, guns murdered 17 people in Finland, 35 in Australia, 39 in England and Wales, 60 in Spain, 194 in Germany, 200 in Canada, and 9,484 in the United States.Since Finland takes top spot in their list, let's dig in further.
The United States has weak gun laws. The other countries have strong gun laws.
According to statistics, Finland ranks fourth in gun ownership rates yet has a lower number of gun murders than the U.S. There are roughly 2,400,000 civilian guns in Finland but between 2003 and 2009, they only logged between 18 and 30 gun deaths.
Surely having over 2 million guns is an easy recipe for massive gun deaths, right? Where are the bloodbaths? Why aren't the streets running red with the blood of innocents? 2 million guns in civilian hands! It'll turn them all into murdering monsters!
No, says the Brady Bunch. Finland just has strong gun laws.
True. According to Finland's Firearms Act of 1998 you first have to get a permit in order to purchase one (section 45), then you need to get a permit to possess it (section 53). And that's just for starters.
But in 2007 and 2008, Finland had two school shootings which resulted in 18 deaths.
Which then brings up the question:
Why didn't Finland's strong gun laws prevent that?After all, the Firearms Act was in place at the time and, according to the Brady Bunch, Finland has strong gun laws that prevent gun deaths.
So why did those shootings take place?
Maybe because guns might not be the only problem?
Oh, but you'll never hear the GCCs mention anything like that.
Because it doesn't fit into their worldview.