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U.S. has many guns and low homicide rate

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Those who watch the corporatocracy spin that passes for mainstream news are led to believe that the U.S.A. has the highest firearm homicide rate in the world.

This is patently false.

The U.S.A. has the most privately owned firearms in the world, estimated at 310 million. The U.S.A. homicide rate, however, is among the lowest in the world at 4.7 homicides per 100,000 people in 2012.

The homicide via firearm rate was 3.6 in 2011.

What is even more significant is that the homicide rate has come down in the past 20 years while the number of firearms has risen dramatically.

Per the National Institute of Justice, there were 192 million firearms in the U.S.A. in 1994, when the homicide rate was 9. The homicide via firearm rate was an estimated 7 in 1994 compared to 3.6 in 2011.

Honduras, however, had a homicide rate of nearly 92 in 2011, higher than Pakistan and South Africa (University of Sydney,

Something has changed for the worse, however, i.e., mass shootings in schools and other crowded venues. The first multiple homicide in a school by a juvenile occurred in Brampton, Canada, in 1975, when a 16-year-old shot and killed a student and a teacher.

Similar shootings followed in the U.S.A., Germany, Finland, Australia, Norway and Russia.

Four interrelated factors influence these horrific acts:

The breakdown of the family (40 percent of U.S. children are born to single mothers and 70 percent of Afican-American children are born to single mothers).

Widespread medication of juveniles with violence-inducing drugs, e.g, anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, fluorinated antibiotics and other drugs.

Violent entertainment and especially video games.

In 1992, a study conducted by the Task Force on Television and Society found that by age 18, a U.S. child has witnessed 200,000 violent acts on television.

When you add movies, Internet and video games, the violent acts watched can easily surpass the 1 million mark.

Junk food and other neurotoxins. For the benefit of food growers and processors, foods are loaded with toxins and stripped of nutrients with disastrous health consequences. For example, people deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids may get depressed. People deficient in niacin (vitamin B3) may become violent. Instead of getting improved nutrition, they are treated with violence-promoting drugs.

Guns and their owners are much easier targets than the social ills perpetrated by the government-industrial complex.

Be healthy; reduce violence.

Jane E. Bardon

Sackets Harbor

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