A common theme in many memes circulating throughout the leftist social media sphere is the appropriate time for having a debate on gun control in America. According to almost all of these images, including the one to the left, conservatives say the answer is “never.”
However, this ignores the hypocritical activity on the left, which only seems to care about gun control in the immediate aftermath of mass shooting events.
The truth is that mass shootings account for a small minority of firearm-related deaths in the United States. Even the liberal New York Times reported that the vast majority of deaths at the hands of guns are suicides.
“When Americans think about deaths from guns, we tend to focus on homicides,” New York Times writer Margot Sanger-Katz penned in October 2015. “But the problem of gun suicide is inescapable: More than 60 percent of people in this country who die from guns die by suicide.”
Of course, people who are committed to the idea of suicide don’t exactly need firearms to accomplish it. Japan, a country known for a staggeringly high suicide rate (particularly among males), has virtually banned firearms for the general population.
Perhaps we should be talking about mental health after all — and not just after it’s convenient to do so.
~ Facts Not Memes