We don't live in a bubble. People get harmed. They are harmed by drunk drivers. They are harmed by insane people driving trucks. They are harmed by insane people planting explosives. They are harmed by many thing
And in most instances, government has responded to the harm and attempted to reduce the harm.
Drunk driving laws and enforcement. Safer vehicles mandated by federal and state standards. Seat belt usage laws. Air Bag laws. (There were over 15 deaths per million people in car accidents in 1930. Today its down to 1.18)
Restrictions in access to explosives and to materials required to make explosives. (Especially after the Omaha domestic terrorist incident)
If the US government followed the same pattern of response, then gun deaths would be going down.
But that would require two things:
- a willingness to look at factual information.
- a willingness to react to the facts with the same concern for prevention that government saw with cars, and explosives. (Something the kids at Lakeland seem to feel isn't happening.)
Instead, the gun lobby fights scientific research into gun violence. Why? Because there's already been enough scientific evidence to indicate the direction further research would lead...
So what does the research say? By far the most famous series of studies on this issue was conducted in the late 1980s and 1990s by Arthur Kellermann, now dean of the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and his colleagues. In one, published in 1993 in the New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the CDC, he and his colleagues identified 444 people who had been killed between 1987 and 1992 at home in three U.S. regions—Shelby County, Tennessee, King County, Washington State, and Cuyahoga County, Ohio—and then collected details about them and their deaths from local police, medical examiners and people who had been close to the victims. They found that a gun in the home was associated with a nearly threefold increase in the odds that someone would be killed at home by a family member or intimate acquaintance.
In 2015 a combined analysis of 15 different studies found that people who had access to firearms at home were nearly twice as likely to be murdered as people who did not.https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... nce-shows/