Henry Porter, whoever he is, has apiece in the Observer today which figures prominently on the Guardian website suggesting that the world intervene to stop American gun ownership. It’s basically a rehash except for the following paragraph:
But no nation sees itself as outsiders do. Half the country is sane and rational while the other half simply doesn’t grasp the inconsistencies and historic lunacy of its position, which springs from the second amendment right to keep and bear arms, and is derived from English common law and our 1689 Bill of Rights. We dispensed with these rights long ago, but American gun owners cleave to them with the tenacity that previous generations fought to continue slavery. Astonishingly, when owning a gun is not about ludicrous macho fantasy, it is mostly seen as a matter of personal safety, like the airbag in the new Ford pick-up or avoiding secondary smoke, despite conclusive evidence that people become less safe as gun ownership rises.
And so gun ownership is equated with owning slaves and he gives you a link which proves death rises with increasing gun ownership. Only when you follow the link you find the study shows that societies with gun ownership have gun deaths and those that don’t have none or close to none. Which is like saying that societies with automobiles have auto deaths and those that don’t none or countries with seashores have more deaths by shark attack.
Lesson learned for the thousandth time – these people lie to you with a straight face.