BBC: "America's Gun Culture in 10 Charts"

Statistics are great and 100% accurate 100% of the time!

That statement shows how easily statistics can be manipulated to fit an agenda. Checking out how other countries view guns in the US is always fascinating. This post from the BBC doesn’t begin to actual discuss true gun culture in the US if you ask me.

What is your definition of gun culture in the US?


I dont think I’ve ever seen any of those stats without suicides included.


One thing I noticed with the stats about suicide deaths in Australia after their gun laws went into affect, the number of suicides didn’t really decrease. Suicide by gun did, but by other methods went up. (You can see that conversation here: Do Australia's Gun Laws Reduce Deaths?)

The BBC article doesn’t include statistics about how often guns are used for self-defense. Or how the homicide breaks down - how many are self-defense, how many are by already established criminals that illegally own firearms, how many are hunting-related accidents?

There’s more to the story than high-level statistics show.


Exactly. When they say gun violence, I read that as being the victim of someone else. Suicide my gun, which is terrible, dont take this the wrong way, but you are the victim of yourself. I think suicides should not be in those statistics that they use to fear monger.


I’ve found that most of these reports are done by the ANTI-GUN PEOPLE/GROUPS and don’t show the real stats. And any report or poll can be made to prove the point of the ones doing them. And that is done by a number of ways. 1) the questions asked. 2) how the questions are worded. and 3) the type of people asked. And all of these are done to fit their agenda either way. It all comes down to what they agenda they’re trying to reach. And yes most of these studies don’t ever show guns being used in self defense.

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Here is a interesting article that I got on Linkedin. And it talks about how many time a gun is used in self defense. and it even gives some cases where the victim was armed and it saved their life or others. Here is the link to the article.

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I would like to add that the manipulation influences the ignorant. For example, when I as a Black American male produce annual data as far back as 1996 of murders based on the race (shooter and victim) to ignorant Americans regardless of race, they are shocked to discover that Black Americans (13% of the US population) murder more White Americans, than White American murder Blacks. To be clear, Blacks murder between 600-700 Whites, to White murdering 300-400 Blacks annual. Which destroys the BLM narrative of there being open season on Blacks murdered by racist Whites. However, I’m not suggesting that racism doesn’t exist.

The best way to counter the lies of the BBC and alike, is for organization such as the USCCA to send a letter challenging their data.