• Ben McLean

    The number of annual “gun deaths” comparison between Japan and the U.S. is not very meaningful. You have to adjust per capita, and also recognize that JAPAN IS AN ISLAND, while the U.S. has thousands of miles of border with gun-happy Mexico and moose hunting Canada

    • Harry

      Canada has strict gun laws, that’s why most Canadians don’t own a gun in the first place. First we would need to jump through hoops to get a gun licensed. Then of course you need another license to hunt each moose. No need to get too worried about gun toting Canadians hanging out at the Canada-USA border, it just isn’t gonna happen.

    • Mike Molitch-Hou

      Hi, Ben. I’m sorry for not doing the per capita math for the readers, but I did mention the populations of both countries and number of gun deaths, so that a bit of division could give you the per capita numbers. Without going too deeply into it, there are countries around the world with many more borders than the US has with fewer gun deaths. In Germany, which had a population of 81 million in 2010, there were only 158 gun-related homicides. With suicides and accidents, the country had about 1.24 gun deaths per 100,000 people. That is compared to 10.3 gun deaths in the US per 100,000 people in 2011. Germany shares its borders with 9 other countries, none of which I would like to make any vaguely stereotypical assumptions about.

      You’re right in saying that “the insane left wing fascist dream of confiscating all guns in the USA is a total fantasy” because it is a fantasy taking place in your own head. Most “liberals” in the US don’t want to take away anyone’s guns. Most of them just want stronger background checks to keep mental unstable people and individuals with violent pasts from obtaining guns.

      • Ben McLean

        Germany is part of the Schengen Area, so it’s kind of arbitrary to select Germany. You’d have to calculate it for the whole Schengen Area.

        • Mike Molitch-Hou

          Ok. How about South Korea, which has some of the strictest gun control in the world? The number of gun-related homicides per 100,000 people in 2006 was 0. http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/south-korea

          • Ben McLean

            South Korea is a tiny peninsula which is practically an island. But regardless, I reject the premise of consequentialist ethics behind your argument.

          • Mike Molitch-Hou

            I’m not basing my argument off of consequentialist ethics, but off of the pragmatist ethics from arguments put forth by Matt Welch in The Declaration of Independents.

          • Ben McLean

            1. Guess what, I’m not a pragmatist either. 2. Isn’t pragmatism a form of consequentialism?

      • Keyser Soze

        YOUR THE MAN MIKE COULDNT SAY IT BETTER

  • Clarkward

    I strongly suspect that were guns like the Liberator and the ZigZag made in any numbers by home printers (or even by commercial machines) that there would be a wave of people with hand injuries (or worse). I am a 2nd Amendment proponent, but these are a Bad Idea.

    • Keyser Soze

      I tend to agree, this is too much for people and im all for everyone owning a gun, made by a gunsmith at a reputable factory. Hey we can finally get guns through metal detectors in movies now though.