It’s not only guns, it’s the culture

Why is America one of the most violent countries in the world

By César Chelala
June 10, 2021
“Information Clearing House” 

Unrelenting mass shootings in the United States show that present gun laws are ineffective to stem the increasing tide of gun deaths in the country. Although controlling gun sales is important, it is not sufficient to control gun violence in the country.

Violence is not only the result of gun ownership. Violence is multifaceted and requires the collaboration of individuals and institutions to address it. Violence is a political and legal problem (lawmakers need to pass appropriate laws); a public health problem (firearms injuries are a serious public health problem.); an educational problem (educating youth on its dangers is critical); and a social concern (it disrupts the fabric of society.)

The National Rifle Association (NRA) has been extraordinarily successful in influencing lawmakers. Although the majority of Americans say that gun laws should be more restrictive, Congress continues refusing to pass effective gun control laws.

This reluctance by mostly Republican lawmakers makes one wonder if they have children and grandchildren. How else can it be explained that they are deaf to a phenomenon that costs thousands of deaths and injured people? Why are they unable to do their part to stop a phenomenon that is a curse on our society?

The statistics are eye-opening. The U.S. has the most guns per capita and the weakest gun control laws of any developed country. It is estimated that at least a third of American adults own a gun, and an additional 11 percent live with someone who does. The Pew Research Center reports that for 82 percent of African American adults, gun violence is a very big problem –the largest share of any racial or ethnic group.

 Self-defense has been often cited to justify the people’s right to bear arms. Research, however, has shown that a gun kept in a home is much more likely to kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder. In the U.S., the number of teenagers who die from gunshot wounds is greater than those who die from all other causes combined.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 39,707 firearm-related deaths in 2019 in the U.S., and firearm-related injuries were among the five leading causes of death for people ages 1-64 in the country. In addition, the economic impact of gun violence is substantial. It costs the government $280 billion annually on medical care and lost productivity.

Although many Americans claim that guns are necessary for security, experiences in countries such as Japan prove the fallacy of this argument. In Japan, people who purchase guns have strict background checks. They include a mental health assessment performed at a hospital, checking for evidence of drug use, and the opinion about the applicant by a relative or a colleague. As result, there are less than 100 fatalities for a population of 128 million annually.

Americans are exposed to violence since they are children. It is estimated that when a child becomes an adult, he will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts of violence in television. Can we be surprised when children try to imitate what they see on television and in the movies? For some of them, violence has become the normal way of solving conflicts.

Gun violence can be prevented by applying public health strategies such as continued surveillance of gun-related death and injuries; identification of risk factors; development and evaluation of interventions to reduce those factors; and institutionalization of successful prevention strategies. In addition, it requires de concerted efforts of all community members including law enforcement and public officials, teachers and school administrators, psychology experts and religious leaders.

As gun sales soar in the country, until violence is addressed as a multifaceted problem requiring multifaceted solutions, it will continue to threaten not only people’s lives but our future as a civilized society.


American gun owner . . . proudly displaying his collection.
Shockingly, there are now more guns in the United States than there are people.

César Chelala is a physician and writer born in Argentina and living in the U.S. He wrote for leading newspapers all over the world and for the main medical journals, among them The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, The China Daily, The Moscow Times, The International Herald Tribune, Le Monde Diplomatique, Harvard International Review, The Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The British Medical Journal. He is a co-winner of an Overseas Press Club of America award and two national journalism awards from Argentina.

36 thoughts to “It’s not only guns, it’s the culture”

  1. The number of gun deaths is very small in proportion to the numbers of guns in the US… only about 10,000 a year!

    There are more guns than people in the US.
    There are more than 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the United States, or enough for every man, woman and child to own one and still have 67 million guns left over.

    BUT…. that does not include the unreported guns, which might double that figure to almost 800 million privately owned guns in the US. Everyone I know owns several guns.

    From the article……
    “The Pew Research Center reports that for 82 percent of African American adults, gun violence is a very big problem – the largest share of any racial or ethnic group.”

    SO, the big problem is black on black shootings. Chicago has thousands every year and 2021 is setting records. UP 300% or MORE!!

    “….it’s the culture.”
    Yes, that is BLACK CULTURE!

    1. @ PAT

      Can’t be Black Culture by itself Pat. The jews have to be in there somewhere. I for one want a full investigation of Black Jews. It might have been Sammy Davis Jr who started the proliferation of guns into the Black Community on behalf of the Jewish gun manufacturers like Smith & Cohen

    2. The only thing that matters to BLM is whether the shooter is white or not. If he is white there is a furor and then a process of canonization of the black “victim,” in total coordination with the Judenpresse. Blacks in America do way more violence against whites than the other way around. Whites don’t rape black women. But for the Jew statistics is “racist.” What is racism? Another emotional trigger word I have no idea what that means.

    3. The culture of Black folks in Chicago is to kill each other! They, alone, commit over 15% of the US gun deaths!!

      Blacks need to POLICE their own people!!

      “Children in Chicago are dying from gun violence at a rate three times higher than last year, according to a Sun-Times analysis.

      “Ten children aged 15 or younger have been shot dead so far this year, up from the three children fatally shot during the same time period in 2020, according to Sun-Times records. And that’s more than the number killed in all of 2019, the data shows.”

      It is the culture of Blacks to burn down their own neighborhoods – “DEY HOODS” – and black owned businesses….. in Chicago. And Los Angeles. And Detroit. And Baltimore. And DC. And Kansas City. And New York. And Atlanta. And Houston. And Philadelphia. And New Orleans. And Memphis. And Minneapolis. AND DOZENS MORE!!

      Pastor Manning was correct when he cried, “The Black man ain’t got no mind for da wurld!!”

      Black People according to Pastor David James Manning

        1. Administration,
          Donaldo means OUR posts regarding the virulent anti-white Hindu woman. You know which. 🤔🤨🤠

  2. I like this gun culture very much! Firearms in the hands of kids WHITHOUT SUPERVISION is the only thing I don’t sympathize with, some of them don’t have maturity to deal with these portable killing machines. Firearms & alcohol is a dangerous combination though.

    Contrary to common belief the purpose of firearms isn’t to kill only, there are more two purposes of firearms: to have fun target-practicing and to exercise dissuasion. Dissuasion is basically this – don’t f**k with me because I’m armed and I’ll shoot you!! Nobody gets hurt if dissuasion is exercised properly.

    You say,
    “Dissuasion is basically this – don’t f**k with me because I’m armed and I’ll shoot you!! Nobody gets hurt if dissuasion is exercised properly.”
    I agree, that this dissuasion thing is very effective, and it may not only work against your local thugs. It has an effect to a more malevolent enemy.

    Well, as the Devil’s Advocate, I would argue, that, there is this “Patriotic Act” by the Secret Government of the Hidden Hand which seems determined to make The Second Amendment totally irrelevant. This is amongst other tyrannical laws the same clique is passing, every other day.

    That is where “Dissuasion” comes in. Not so much to dissuade the ordinary thugs, but also to dissuade the Secret Government. As long as “They” know that people HAVE GUNS, and they will use them, I would propose that may be what is acting at that last bulwark against New World Order.

    When Americans get disarmed, you can bet, that there will be nothing, absolutely NOTHING to stop The New World Order!

    Yes, American have guns. Yes, and they are dangerous…………to everybody, including the enemies within. It’s a terrible choice. Its called, “The Devil’s Alternative” Have guns, and people die. Do not have guns, and you have Total Tyranny!

  4. Quite a few of the mass shootings are actually Jew Deep State hoaxes/psyops. Sandy Hook, the shootings at the Jew synagogues, the shooting at the black church in Charleston [ Dylan Roof ], a lot of what I will call the supermarket shootings and the shopping mall shootings, the mass shootings at the Walmart stores and other big box stores, many many other mass shootings are actually Jew Deep State hoaxes/psyops. The Jews of the Deep State and the blacks in the streets love the violence and mayhem. ANTIFA, a very violent organization is a JEW owned-and-controlled organization, the Jews also own-and-control BLM, another very violent organization. The Jews also make up a lot of the violent ANTIFA and BLM criminals on the streets.

    The Jews are actually very violent. Most of the time the Jews use proxies to commit the violence the Jews want but the Jews will take to the streets and be violent themselves if they feel the need to, with ANTIFA and BLM they feel the need to hit the streets and be violent. Jews are actually more violent than White Americans — but of course everyone thinks it’s the opposite. The blacks are a lot more violent than White Americans but no one is supposed to mention that, we have to pretend that blacks are always innocent and never commit any crimes.

    Sometimes, when there’s a REAL mass shooting, the mass killer is a Jew. The JEW mainstream media never mentions that. LOTS and LOTS of Jews involved in ALL of the hoax/psyop “mass killings” which might as well be Hollywood sets.

    Jews and blacks have the love of violence in common. The United States could have been a great country but there’s TOO MANY Jews and blacks for the USA to be a great country. There’s so many Jews in America and there’s so many blacks and other NON-whites in the United States any chance of making this a great country is GONE, FORGET ABOUT IT, it’s NOT going to happen. It’s very quickly becoming a second-rate/second world country and many areas of the country look more and more third worldish with every passing year. it’s very sad.

    The government labels a lot of NON-whites as “Whites” when they’re caught committing crimes. Go to the post office, look at the Help Wanted posters, most of them are NON-white faces, read the descriptions, they’re labeled as being “White”. Their crimes go under “white criminals” in the govt. statistics. It’s so unfair to White Americans it’s unbelievable.

    When the media reports on crime and gives us the crime statistics, it’s always White/Black crime statistics, with the emphasis on the white crime rate. The thing is : There’s a lot of people in the U.S. who are NOT white and who are NOT black. Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Chinese, Hmong, Indians [ from Indian ], Native American Indians, Pakistanis, immigrants from all the Middle Eastern countries, from North Africa, South Americans, Central Americans, Jews [ Jews are NOT white, they will tell you that themselves ]. All the above I mention : We NEVER hear what their crimes are, what their crime rates are, NEVER.

    When it comes to crime, ZOG doesn’t sing the joys & wonders of multiculturalism with immigrants from every country in the world every race religion ethnicity and how wonderful that is, when it comes to crime ZOG pretends the county is white and black and that’s it, nobody else just white and black. It’s very unfair to both white Americans and black Americans. We don’t know the real crime statistics because the government ONLY records the crimes of whites and blacks and NO OTHER GROUPS. That is so wrong and so unfair.

    1. i agree with you 100 percent .Hey Joe,sir, I heard Israel has been developing a biological “bomb” that will kill only Arabs like me . do you have any info about that? It is supposed to work something like this , let’s say Habib and Ahmed are in a bar with Jacob and Khitzkell and such a weapon is thrown at their table , those two Arabs will fall dead right away, where as the two jews will just walk away smoking a cigarette or a vape like nothing happen . no?

      1. @AL

        Habib, Ahmet, Jacob Khitzhell and a parrot walk into a bar. You forgot the parrot.

  5. The Second Amendment was primarily drafted to protect us against open tyranny. It has been working well, and only the would-be tyrants object to it. ANYONE who advocates gun confiscation in America is an ENEMY – and should be treated, accordingly. (I make it a habit, no matter with whom I get rude, or who I insult or embarrass.)

  6. sorry all your amendments and make believe declarations of rights have no value
    anymore since USA is on way to jewish communism like 1917 russia ! history repeting.
    here in europa we have another system. its not like in USA : HIRE + FIRE . its not easy
    here to fire a workman . there are laws + judges + lawyers. but now with covidfraud-
    regulations + vaxfraud everything here also goes in direction of jewish communist
    world dictatorship + GEORGIA GUIDE STONES depopulation agenda + WEF great reset .
    so we all will meet in the same jewish hellhole with the diference you americans are
    armed and we europeans not. so, you have a chance, we not !

  7. I always love it when I see foreigners who come to the USA and then immediately start telling us what is wrong with our culture and how we must become more like the countries these very same people fled to come here…

    Wonder what the murder rates were in 12th century Europe? Does anyone believe this nonsense that people only kill people because they have access to guns…as if rates of murder and violent crime were not far more rampant BEFORE the advent of firearms. Look at the “knife epidemic” in the UK… These stabbing victims are still dead/maimed. The only difference is that these victims in the UK had no opportunity to defend themselves. Sam Colt, the great equalizer.

  8. Emotional statistical garbage is unworthy of internet space. Thankfully Pat came to the rescue to skewer this nonsense in the first post reply.

    The underlying issue is, as usual, government. C. S, Lewis: it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect us against violence, into an idol.”

    “Our Father, the State”. He quotes the words of Jesus as found in Matthew 23:9: “Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven”. He then says this:

    The paternal state not only feeds its children, but nurtures, educates, comforts, and disciplines them, providing all they need for their security.

    This appears to be a mildly insulting way to treat adults, but it is really a great crime because it transforms the state from being a gift of God, given to protect us against violence, into an idol. It supplies us with all blessings, and we look to it for all our needs.

    Once we sink to that level, as Lewis says, there is no point in telling state officials to mind their own business. “Our whole lives are their business.” The paternalism of the state is that of the bad parent who wants his children dependent on him forever. That is an evil impulse.

    The good parent prepares his children for independence, trains them to make responsible decisions, knows that he harms them by not helping them to break loose. The paternal state thrives on dependency.

    When the dependents free themselves, it loses power. It is, therefore, parasitic on the very persons whom it turns into parasites. Thus, the state and its dependents march symbiotically to destruction.

    It is the duty of any God aware person to take care of their independence and security. There is only one God and the State aint it.

  9. To be reconciled with God is to be able to oppose would-be enemies with lethal force, before they harm you or your family or country. The “agape love” bullshit now taught in most churches is as harmful as disarmament. People need be taught a proper direction to channel their hate. Just as there are things God hates, their are things WE need hate.
    We must NEVER surrender our guns to ANYONE. Hate anyone who tries to take them. Shoot them if you can! 😈

  10. I think this might signal we’re turning the corner, the pendulum is starting to swing back the other way..
    The creeps in DC have finally screwed things up bad enough that governors are starting to get with the cures…
    It’s not mere happenstance that gun rights people also want the border secured…
    And of course all those who oppose illegal immigration have to be called racist bigots…

  11. White America is not one the most violent countries in the world. Far from it. Black America is one of the most violent cultures in the world just like their racial cohorts in Black Africa. Mexico and it’s drug cartels is just plain psychopathic competing with the Black subculture of the US in gun violence.
    If anyone thinks that guns are a problem for the White race, check out the “The Dimming ” video from and of course we all know or should know about the massive population reduction via the covid kill shot coming down the road. See Dane Wigington interview on the up coming interview with Cliff High with Greg Hunter’s USA Watchdog.
    To cut to the chase, all of us are in deep do-do.

    1. I agree!

      USA: The miracle conversion of a white non-racist to a racist in 5 minutes

      [One of my readers sent me this. This is what also happens in Africa. And this will keep on happening to Whites. Unfortunately, pain and suffering is required. Jan]

      The reader wrote:

      A young acquaintance who always said he was not “prejudiced” against blacks, and was definitely “not a racist” had his baptism into racial reality yesterday.

      This young man was planning to be married very soon, and was riding with his future bride looking for places to hold the wedding reception. While stopped at a light, a 14 year old black stuck a gun into his future bride’s head through the passenger window, told them to get out of the car, and took the car and wallets and jewelry and everything else of value, and drove off waving at them (thanking them for not being racists).

      This young white victim usually “totes” a firearm, but was in jogging shorts and gun was nowhere in sight, so he had to do what the black said or the nigger would blow his future bride’s brains out.

      The vehicle had a ‘Lo-Jack” system and the car was last traced to a town about 35 miles West of New Orleans. And here is the result of the MIRACLE of his conversion:

      The young couple immediately started looking for an apartment in a town North of New Orleans where the community is mostly white and crime rate is much lower, but rents are almost double what they were paying in New Orleans, and told his landlord they would be moving out as soon as possible.


  12. Why is America one of the most violent countries in the world?

    Because America is a multicultural / multiracial country.

    1. Quite true, WL!

      When the Europeans came here the Comanches, in particular, became extremely violent…. in their resistance to the ‘illegal aliens’ entering from foreign lands.

      Example in Texas….
      “When the Texans suggested they swap the Comanche prisoners for their captives, the Indians tortured every one of those captives to death instead.

      “One by one, the children and young women were pegged out naked beside the camp fire,’” according to a contemporary account. ‘They were skinned, sliced, and horribly mutilated, and finally burned alive by vengeful women determined to wring the last shriek and convulsion from their agonised bodies. Matilda Lockhart’s six-year-old sister was among these unfortunates who died screaming under the high plains moon.’

      “Not only were the Comanche specialists in torture, they were also the most ferocious and successful warriors — indeed, they become known as ‘Lords of the Plains’.”

      1. Pat, those lonesome plains seem to be a recurring theme throughout the history of this world.

        When you’re wounded and left on Afghanistan’s plains,
        And the women come out to cut up what remains,
        Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
        An’ go to your Gawd like a soldier.
        Go, go, go like a soldier,
        Go, go, go like a soldier,
        Go, go, go like a soldier,
        So-oldier of the Queen!

      2. Pat
        The Comanches were also stone-cold realists. When the Texans made that offer, all it amounted to for them was a supreme insult. The reason for this was simple: no way were they gonna trust them to hold up their end of the would-be bargain. As a result, the White captives paid the ultimate price.

        The only deal the Comanches would have made is for the Whites to leave altogether, escorted by them. Only then could the Texans have gotten their people back.

        1. BH, but even if they left, pulled out everyone and everything, the Comanches would still know the Texan and Federal horse soldiers would be baaaaack. The Comanches and all the native tribes knew a lot about nature.
          Human nature and more.

          1. So they come back and the whole stupid game starts all over again. We kill and take yourins, you kill and take ourins, ad infinitum.

            Around and around it goes, when it stops…….

  13. Brownhawk and Barkingdeer must be Comanches then. It’s impossible to win any debate with either of the two Braves. lol….

    1. You couldn’t win a debate with a fly,
      let alone with Red Injuns like Brownhawk and Barkingdeer. 🙂

  14. Madame Butterfly,

    Touché away! You’re certainly in top form today. 😊

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