You are far more likely as a gun owner to be killed by your own gun than to kill an attacker in self-defence.
Every year >1000 children are injured accidentally by guns, many fatally. /3
Vigilantism issues aside mass shootings often do not allow opportunity for armed citizens to “fire back.” The Las Vegas shooting is a prime example.
No it’s about guns. 60% of gun deaths in the USA are suicides.
We know successful suicide attempts are impulsive acts based on availability of means. Hence why the U.K. paracetamol regulations reduced drug overdose rates.
Is it suggesting there’s more mental illness in the US than elsewhere?
I’d disagree that’s likely, unless you count the obsession with guns.
Australia had a similar problem in the early 90s, especially with assault rifles and mass shootings. The government introduced a gun amnesty and buyback programme which dramatically reduced gun ownership and availability.
While we treat this as a political issue and not the devastating public health issue it is than probably, sadly, yes it will.
See you next time. /end