View the full list In June the Charleston killings renewed the sporadic debates over whether gun control might have prevented this terrible tragedy.Four months on, the massacre at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon has left nine dead.Over the period from 2007-2011, when roughly six million nonfatal violent crimes occurred each year, data from the National Crime Victimization Survey show that the victim did not defend with a gun in 99.2% of these incidents – this in a country with 300 million guns in civilian hands.
For years, the NRA mantra has been that allowing citizens to carry concealed handguns would reduce crime as they fought off or scared off the criminals.
A large array of weapons were banned – including the Glock semiautomatic handgun used in the Charleston shootings.
The government also imposed a mandatory gun buy back that substantially reduced gun possession in Australia.
While NRA supporters frequently challenge me on these statistics saying that this is only because “American blacks are so violent,” it is important to note that white murder rates in the US are well over twice as high as the murder rates in any of these other countries.
The story of Australia, which had 13 mass shootings in the 18-year period from 1979 to 1996 but none in the succeeding 19 years, is worth examining.