Locked And Loaded

                                                                                                                            (Published August 14, 2015)





Southern California Book Festival Honorable Mention

When it comes to deaths by firearms, the United States can be likened to a veritable slaughterhouse.  As compared to seven other developed countries with a collective population that is roughly the same as that of the U.S., total deaths by firearms in a representative year has been approximately 12 times higher in the U.S. than in those countries — with about 32,774 people dying in the U.S., as compared to 2,689 dying in the other countries.  Gun control advocates suggest that this is primarily as a result of the high prevalence of firearms in the United States, which is seven times more per 100,000 residents than it is, on average, in the comparison countries, and that the relative lack of gun control in the U.S. is a strongly exacerbating factor.  Gun rights advocates, on the other hand, suggest that “the right to keep and bear arms,” as specified in the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, is of paramount importance, and that firearms deaths would actually be reduced if more American civilians were encouraged to carry guns.



Concerning guns, arguments from both sides bombard our society, but when the reality of a shooting occurs, what then? It's too late! Mr. Ritchey provides data and statistics on this issue. He does not take away "the right to bear arms" but presents the reality that there is an immense lack of enforcement of gun control laws. He addresses everything from homicides, suicides, children's safety to the horrifying young age of mass school shooters and how the media affects the public's position on this issue. All is placed in comparison to other major world countries ranking the United States on the lowest level.
This is an enlightening, though disturbing and important book.



This is one of the best books I have read to date about this complex and contentious issue. I am telling all my friends about who are trying to get a better grip on how we got into this mess of what feels like 'mass destruction'. Thank you, Mr. Ritchey, for your thoughtful writing and thinking on a topic that is out of control today!





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