Add up all the American deaths due to wars between 1775 and 2015 and get to a sum of almost 1.4 million people. That’s more than the population of every city except the six largest. Start adding up all the American deaths due to firearms and you only have to go back less than fifty years to accumulate a larger number, more than 1.5 million people. In the last fifty years, Americans have killed enough Americans to empty major American cities. Regardless of cause and effect, spirit of the law versus letter of the law, Americans with guns have been deadlier in a half a century than all of America’s external enemies in over two centuries. Americans with guns are four times deadlier than America’s external enemies. Maybe we should spend more on defending ourselves from ourselves than from our external enemies.
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