I hate to say it for fear of offending people, but the more pictures I see of gun owners, the more I think we were right in the very beginning. These are fearful, insecure people who need guns to feel OK.The U.S. reportedly has the highest concentration of private gun ownership in the world. It is estimated that Americans buy more than half of all the guns that are manufactured worldwide each year. We wrote a good bit about guns in Freakonomics — primarily about the lack of efficacy of gun-control laws and gun buybacks on the crime rate — and we’ve also blogged on the subject now and again.
It wouldn't be so bad if it were a live-and-let-live kind of thing. But the downside of all this gun ownership is devastating. It's like a non-terminal cancer gnawing away from the inside.
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