Dear American gun lovers- read this article. Maybe you’ll learn something about proper gun ownership. Maybe.
- To get a gun, Germans must first obtain a firearms ownership license (Waffenbesitzkarte) – and you may need a different one for each weapon you buy – or a license to carry (Waffenschein).
- Applicants for a license must be at least 18 years old and undergo what’s called a reliability check, which includes checking for criminal records, whether the person is an alcohol or drug addict, whether they have mental illness or any other attributes that might make them questionable to authorities.
- One must also prove a specific and approved need for the weapon, which is mainly limited to use by hunters, competitive marksmen, collectors and security workers – not for self-defence.
- Over the past 20 years, “crimes against life” – which include murder as well as negligent manslaughter – that involve guns have dropped from 783 in 1995 to 130 in 2015, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA).
- Of those crimes last year, just 57 were intentional murders.
- This of course pales in comparison to the rates in the US, where firearm homicides surpass 11,000 people killed each year or roughly 3.5 deaths per 100,000 people, according to GunPolicy.org.
- In Germany, that rate barely reaches 0.07 deaths per 100,000 people.
Read the whole thing. Then tell the NRA that the Germans do better than Americans, with better laws and better implementation. And the NRA doesn’t exist in Germany.
If you think sensible and strict gun laws don’t work, you’re just not paying attention.