One of the most startling drawbacks to the modern internet information delivery culture owes directly to its strength: the sheer number of options and outlets available to us.
Great, we have many choices.
But sadly, the problem is, we have too many choices.
It’s impossible for one human to keep abreast of all stories, essays, opinion pieces, examinations, etc, cluttering the cybersphere. Many articles, legitimately interesting, and not, fall into the vast cosmic rabbit hole. And sometimes we run across interesting tidbits months after they were published.
For instance, from June, 2018, this prototypical condemnation of America’s gun culture from Newsweek.
The bold headline is ominous. The story’s idealogical slant egregiously worn on the author’s bleeding heart sleeve:
AMERICANS HAVE 40 PERCENT OF THE WORLD’S GUNS DESPITE BEING FOUR PERCENT OF POPULATION, REPORT SHOWS
Aha, I see where we’re going with this.
U.S. citizens possess some 40 percent of the world’s firearms, despite making up only about 4 percent of the global population, according to a recent study.
The Geneva-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies published the findings of its 2017 Small Arms Survey on Monday, reportedly based on various sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and poll responses from 56 countries. The results appeared to show more than 1 billion firearms in the world, nearly 85 percent of which were owned by civilians, defined as those not active members of any law enforcement agency or military.
Of the 857 million civilian-owned guns noted, 393 million could be found in the U.S., a country of just over 325.7 million people in a world of about 7.6 billion. The U.S. was the only country on the list with more guns than people and had more than the next 25 countries combined as the Agence France-Presse reported.
Funny how the consternation Liberals are fond of statistical ejaculation when it comes to whining about disproportionate gun ownership in the United States, but are very muted when it comes to the statistic of disproportion for a certain group composing about 13% of our population while magnificently committing almost 50% of all murders.
Won’t see any banners about that, will we?