By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
And the "malice" isn't just on the part of the shooters...
There's a couple of gun stories going around that, on the surface, are unrelated. However, they are probably more closely related than "Second Amendment activists" (a euphemism for "gun nuts") would care to admit.
First up: an "effect".
From Mother Jones, written by Dana Liebelson and Stephanie Mencimer -
Back in December, not long after the massacre at Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Bloomberg News published a study suggesting that by 2015, guns would kill more Americans than traffic accidents do.
The comparison struck a nerve, and the factoid has become a talking point in gun control debates on Capitol Hill. But it's clear from the data that the prediction wasn't just a hypothetical. A number of states have already hit this grisly milestone.
From the story, Arizona's shameful numbers -
Yes, in 2010, there were already more gun deaths than traffic deaths in Arizona.
Yet, while there are scads of laws regulating the use of motor vehicles in AZ, there are many fewer such laws regarding the use of firearms in AZ, and those laws are made fewer and weaker seemingly every time the Arizona legislature meets.
Now, a cause (or at least, a contributing factor):