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MacNugget: Here is a fantastic article on the subject (specifically the assault weapon ban)

I don't think it is so fantastic. The author compares death rates from mass shootings to accidental drownings and poisonings, and wonders "why accidental drowning is not 340 times more important an issue than gun control, or why poisoning is not 150 times as pressing a political issue". He writes:

Factoring in the rate of death caused by mass shootings from Columbine to the present (about 210 people in 13 years), it will be more than 300 years until we reach the number of casualties that occur from accidental drownings every single year in this country. In a little more than 150 years from now, we’ll approach the number of people who are poisoned to death every single year in this country.

The difference is that we can and we do write laws and regulations that protect the public from accidental drownings and poisonings. They are non-controversial in the extreme. The rates of drownings and poisonings would be much higher, were those laws and regulations not in place. In other words, the rates are low because we have already done quite a lot about it.

With gun control, on the other hand, we in the USA are blocked from effective legislation by (a) legal interpretations of the highly ambiguous second amendment, and (b) actions of the gun lobby. In countries where those factors do not exist, gun deaths from all causes are much lower.

I should have thought those differences were obvious to everyone. The author has just not thought this thing through.

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