The Reality of American Violence

A quintessential American firearm — is it responsible for a quintessentially American problem?

There is a powerful and pervasive narrative about violence in America that goes something like this:

The United States has lots of guns, permissive gun laws, and lots of gun violence. Other countries — especially wealthy European countries — have fewer guns, more restrictive gun laws, and far less gun violence. Therefore, if the United States wants to achieve lower levels of violence, it should enact