That’s the report from NPR.
Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized President Obama’s plan for a military strike in Syria, and the Russian leader then denounced American “exceptionalism” in a biting op-ed inThe New York Times.
But while Pushkov sneers at U.S. gun laws, how do the stats look in Russia?
According to Gunpolicy.org, Russians have far fewer guns than Americans — and far more homicides.
There are fewer than 13 million firearms in circulation in Russia, compared with an estimated 300 million in the United States. That works out to about 9 guns per 100 people in Russia and closed to 100 guns per 100 people in America.
The most recent homicide statistics for Russia show that there were 21,603 killings in 2009.
According to the FBI, the United States had 13,636 homicides in 2009 with a population that is more than twice as large. More than 80 percent of those killings were gun-related.
Russian Gun Laws
Russia has tough gun laws on the books. It’s illegal for Russian citizens to own automatic and semi-automatic guns. It’s possible to apply for a handgun or shotgun license, though citizens are required to provide reasons such as hunting or target shooting.
Applicants face strict background checks, including criminal history, a full psychological evaluation and a medical exam. They must pass a test on firearm laws and safety.
Each weapon is then registered by the police during a home visit. Police take bullet patterns, test bullets and cartridges so bullets can be matched if the gun is used in a crime. A license lasts five years, after which applicants must go through the whole process again.
In spite of these laws, the country does have periodic mass shootings by people thought to be mentally ill.
Why would a nice, liberal outfit like NPR suddenly admit this? Professor Reynolds hits the nail upon its top: ” What does it take to get them to depart from the narrative? A jab at President Obama from a foreign leader.”
These facts are not new; they’ve been available, and ignored by the media for years. And attacks on America itself for its “cowboy gun culture” aren’t new. So what suddenly happened to make an NPR editor say “hey, waaaaait a minute, what’s the murder rate look like in this guy’s country?” And of course, that spark was struck when someone was mean to and dared criticize the medias’ Messiah, Barry Hussein.
Which meant that the lesser narrative had to yield to the greater.