As part of the “buts” discussion in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, I have read here and elsewhere how other nations are “worse” in gun violence than the United States — as if having someone or something worse would make it all OK.

The New York Times has some eye-opening statistics here that show “just how anomalous America is on the issues of guns and violence among developed countries.”

The data in the Times:

shows how shamefully we measure up against other countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Among the O.E.C.D. countries that the World Bank groups as “high income,” America has the highest gun homicide rate, the highest number of guns per capita and the highest rate of deaths due to assault. In fact, America has more homicides by gun than all of the other high-income O.E.C.D. countries combined.

As Times Op-Ed columnist Charles M. Blow says, “It’s just shameful.”

Please study it all here and, I repeat:

Sometimes there are no more buts available, no more reasons left to make sense of such tragedies.

Let us at least agree that the slaughter of our most innocent demands fewer “buts” and more “hows” by both sides in order to even begin to “take meaningful actions to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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  • Thank you, Dorian, for keeping a fire lit under this issue.

    The next two months or so — the time frame, in my view, for introducing and voting on re-enacting an assault weapon ban — will speak volumes about the nation we are or the nation we have become.

    I am cautiously optimistic that enough gun-hugging Democrats and Republicans can be shamed into voting for the ban.

    • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

      Thanks, Shaun. Your help on “keeping the fire lit” is greatly appreciated.

  • sheknows

    Thanks Dorian for the stats on this. It is more than shameful that we as a technologically advanced and supposedly socially conscious nation are still so primitive.
    Between now and when this legislation is passed guns and ammo stores will be running out of supplies. News said tonight guns, clips and ammo are flying off the shelves across the nation. That says it all about why people REALLY get guns. Unless there was a sudden increase in game animals invading our towns and cities in the last week, it is obvious people get guns to kill people…not hunt.
    Mfg. companies are probably working 24/7 to get as many high capacity magazines and assault weapons made as possible for sale.

  • ordinarysparrow

    I agree with Shaun… I so hope this one keep to the front.. and it is not allowed to receded….

    There is so much irrationality to contend with though…I will share the latest conspiracy theory here… have heard it three times now…these people really want to keep their guns…

    It was done to push gun control in this country. The “powers that be” have left their signature on this. Today’s date…add the numbers up, they add up to the #13, an Illuminati number they like using. Also the school being named Sandy is another big clue they left us… first HARRP made storm named Sandy and now a school name Sandy.