Steve Sack cartoon: Uncle Sam's heartbreak

  • Article by: STEVE SACK , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 8:25 PM
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gardengurlDec. 20, 12 6:09 AM

Once again, Mr. Sack says it all so eloquently without uttering a word. Thank you.

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evldedDec. 20, 12 7:53 AM

Most violent country on the face of this planet, and brother... it ain't even close.

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arspartzDec. 20, 12 3:00 PM

Once again, blame the tool, not the operator. None of my guns killed anyone today (or ever for that matter)

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hobie2Dec. 20, 12 8:53 PM

"Most violent country on the face of this planet, and brother... it ain't even close." WRONG, wrong wrong...TOTALLY wrong...Bull... US is 10th on the rate of firearms deaths, with a rate one-forth that of the first three (Latin American and Caribbean countries). The three highest rate countries have very strict gun control - permits, $500-6000 (yes, thousand) dollar US per year to own... And 55% of US firearms deaths are SUICIDES, not homicides. One in five of the homicides are reported to the FBI by local police as gang shootings... Cut the suicides to 25% of present, and the death rate for firearms is the same as Finland or Switzerland. Look it up. Not violent - suicidal.

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synapse12Dec. 21, 12 4:03 AM

Hobie , talk about fuzzy math, you just took the prize Facts : The countries beating the USA in HOMICIDES (not suicides) are as follows, El Salvadore, Jamaica, Honduras, Guatemala, Swaziland, Columbia, Brazil, Mexico, and Panama. Then the USA.. That is a stunning list of drug infested, murdering countries to be sharing stats with. Fire arms makers will make over 1 Billion in profit this year. American life comes at a steep price -- more than 30,000 deaths a year that cost the health care system and the economy tens of billions of dollars. Gun-related fatalities are on pace to surpass deaths from automobile collisions by 2015. The US is the only country in the developed world that doesn't license gun owners across the board and are almost alone in not registering guns. The US has 270 million guns -- 88.9 firearms per 100 people. Unbelievable stats you made up. In the wake of babies, 20 tiny children slaughtered, you defend guns with fuzzy math about suicides in Finland.

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hobie2Dec. 21, 12 5:06 PM

synapse12 - I'm open - post your sources. I used the UN and the FBI... What is your source that refutes them?... I cited annual firearm death rates, which included death by ALL firearm sources. I did NOT compare homicides to all firearm deaths as you are - my stats are apples to apples... I did NOT cite Finland suicides - I used FBI numbers for US firearm deaths by year and their breakdown, and the FBI said that 55% of US firearm deaths are suicides. I have no idea what the Finnish suicide by firearm numbers are - I do know that the math says that if we cut the suicide rate in the US to 25% of the rate we now have, that the TOTAL FIREARM DEATH RATE OF THE US will be that of Finland and Switzerland - making that bogus "US is the most violent country in the world hands down" argument total hogwash... Not that it isn't already refuted by you cite of the countries who are more violent on the list, a list which is missing half the world's population - no China, no Russia, no Pakistan, no Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Sri Lanka, or other countries who do not keep such records... even if you rationalize the US being 10th by saying all the other countries who do reports have drugs and thus they don't count.

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