Democrats had their asses kicked all across America last week. They lost the Senate, lost seats in the House, lost several governships and several state legislatures. In my mind, they deserved it. They ran a campaign without passion or conviction. But I won’t dwell on why they lost, but instead on at least one area where common sense won – gun control.
Here in Washington State, ballot measure 594, a basic background check gun control measure, won 59-41 in spite of the money the NRA and other groups spent. In Colorado, pro gun control Governor Hickenlooper, won re-election as did two state senators who had been recalled for their votes on Colorado’s gun control law last year. In Connecticut, Governor Dan Malloy, who pushed through tighter gun regulation after the Sandy Hook shooting, won re-election in spite of the strong opposition of the gun lobby.
The Democrats lost last Tuesday, but so did the NRA.
As an expatriate Canadian (and gun owner), I’ve always been amazed at the American attitude towards guns. The common refrain is that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Well, let’s see about that.
Here are some statistics (per 100,000 population):
USA murders – 4.7
Canada murders – 1.6
USA firearm murders – 3.6
Canada firearm murders – .51
USA non-firearm murders – 1.1
Canada non-firearm murders – 1.1
I think most of us can agree that the USA and Canada are similar societies. We’re at least first cousins in the world family. What makes the difference in the murder rates? It’s the availability of guns.
Take away the guns, and the murder rates are identical!