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Jack Lessenberry for Monday, July 17, 2017

Whatever else you can say about us, this much is clear. No other so-called advanced, or civilized, or industrial nation has anything like the deaths from firearms we do.

Yes, there will be murders committed with guns in Japan this year. Based on recent statistics, there will probably be 12 or 13 of them. Japan has about 127 million people.

Michigan has less than 10 million, so if our culture was anything like Japan’s you might expect we’d have perhaps one murder committed with a firearm this year.

Instead, we’ll have more than 1,000 gun-related deaths. If you live in Michigan, the odds are now greater that you’ll be killed by a gun than that you’ll die in a car accident. Notice I didn’t say murdered; we’ll have hundreds of those, but there will be even more suicides.

And every year, some children will find their parents’ loaded weapons and manage to kill themselves. Three-year-olds are most likely to do this, according to a study by the Associated Press and USA Today.

We’ve also become resigned to the fact that we can’t do anything about this.

Americans have an attachment to their guns other societies consider deranged. Many of us seem to love our guns more than our children. That’s not hyperbole. We all remember when a 20-year-old maniac murdered 20 tiny children and six adults at a school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

If you live in Michigan, the odds are now greater that you’ll be killed by a gun than that you’ll die in a car accident.

Afterwards, despite major efforts by President Obama, Congress refused to even pass a law calling for expanded background checks before someone could buy a

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