The United States submerged with mass shootings and killings faced yet another tragedy at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Nine people died because of a 21-year-old Dylann Roof allegedly intent on racism.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, a familiar, shameful charade of exploitation unfolded yet again, seeking to reassert the "gun control" agenda amid both national public opinion and across America's legislative bodies.
Yet the engineered, concerted, deceitful propaganda campaign launched by the corporate media and America's political circles fails to put into perspective the recent shooting and the greater "gun control" debate.
Instead, a mad rush has ensued to exploit anger, sorrow, and fear to once again attempt to snatch from responsible Americans their right to bear arms based on the criminal actions of a single individual.
574 people have been killed in mass shootings for the last 30 years. However, 10,076 citizens are reported killed by drunk drivers. That is about 20 times more people killed in a single year due to drunk driving than in the past 30 years due to mass shootings.
Mass media argues that gun ownership is increasingly unpopular, the primary cause of higher levels of violence than other industrialized nations, and that mass shootings are a major problem. Yet clearly when placed alongside other senseless causes of death, mass shootings while clearly better at grabbing headlines, are also clearly not the greatest challenge.
Violence in America is caused by socioeconomic factors, not guns. When we examine violence and access to legally acquired weaponry, there is little correlation.
When comparing two nations, the United Kingdom and Japan, whose populations are for all intents and purposes "disarmed," we still find immense, seemingly inexplicable disparity in the number of homicides. Despite both nations being disarmed and having almost no "gun-related homicides," according to UN statistics, Japan and the UK still have an astronomical gap in homicide rates. Why?
A visit to either country reveals an entirely different culture, education system, infrastructure, and socioeconomic paradigm. This is why despite Japan having a much larger population, even total homicides are lower than the comparatively more violent but less populated United Kingdom - with homicide rates in the UK nearly 3 times higher than those in Japan.
According to the UN's study, which includes the most recent annual data available, Japan, with a population of roughly 130 million, had a mere 506 homicides over the stretch of a single year. Conversely, the UK, with less than half of Japan's population (53 million) had 722 homicides.
The United States suffers from more poverty, more disparity in income, more blight and stagnation across its economy and education system - particularly in the inner city and the south - than even the UK. This is why the United States is more violent than other industrialized nations, not because of the availability of weapons.
The inconvenient reality regarding the true nature of violence and its relationship with guns is entirely sidestepped by the gun control agenda, primarily because the gun control agenda is about disarming the American public thus removing an obstacle toward totalitarianism, not to preserve innocent lives.
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