Norway and Sweden have high gun ownership rates, but low gun murder rates. Hunting is a big deal in those countries and people have guns for hunting. They are also world leaders in target shooting as a sport. But they don’t have automatic weapons, they have restrictions on handguns, limits to ammunition storage and purchasing, special rules for gun collectors, required gun safes, and applications to buy guns. We can own guns, and we can be safe, but the NRA and gun fanatics and their hateful rhetoric are completely responsible for the inability in our country to develop and implement smart and safe gun rules. The Brady Campaign was so important, and we have just forgotten about it because President Bush decided to ignore it instead of extending it to appease his and other Republican’s NRA cronies. No specific gun crime can be traced back to the NRA or right-wing hate, but the rising number of occurrences, is directly related to politicians afraid of what the NRA can do.
It’s time to change things.