In this blog I tend to stay clear of current affairs, but this item riles me enough to break the rule. In a 5:4 decision today, the US Supreme Court decreed that no lawmaker — at state, county, or municipal level — may prohibit citizens’ right to own and bear weapons for “self-defense” (as stipulated by the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution).
Retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in a 57-page dissent that the “consequences could prove far more destructive — quite literally — to our nation’s communities and to our constitutional structure.” Some 90 million people in America own an estimated 200 million guns. In 1999, there were 28,874 gun-related deaths in the United States: over 80 deaths every day.
source: Hoyert, D.L. et al. “Deaths: final data for 1999.” National Vital Statistics Reports. 2001;49 (8). image: SPIEGEL; additional source: Stuff.co.nz.