According to USA Today the argument that “guns don’t kill, people do” isn’t enough for them, but now the problem for gun violence is being placed entirely on men and boys.
According to a database that the liberal biased news outlet Mother Jones released, since 1982 out of the 91 mass shootings, in which four or more victims died, only three were committed by women. Men have also accounted for 86% of gun deaths in the United States, according to an analysis by the non-partisan non-profit Kaiser Family Foundation.
USA Today doesn’t stop there though, they keep piling on the blame to men when they also say that according to a 2017 survey from the Pew Research Center, men are three times more likely to own a gun.
The article goes on to evaluate why there is such a discrepancy in gun ownership and what it is about men that makes them more likely to own a gun and use it for violent reasons.
USA Today goes on to examine the cultural forces that go on in our society that equate being a man with violence:
“We often talk about gender in terms of women … getting the short end of the stick. … Well, masculinity isn’t easy either,” said Jennifer Carlson, a sociology professor at the University of Arizona who studies gun politics and gender. “That’s not your ticket to the good life. It isn’t easy to be a man in the United States. Demands put on men — whether it’s to be the protector, to be the provider, to respond to situations in certain ways, to prove yourself as a man — end up being not just outwardly destructive but also inwardly destructive.”
The article goes on to blame “toxic masculinity” for the amount of gun violence in the nation and say that “men losing dominance” in the household and work place.
While the article goes on about just blaming gender and men specifically for the amount of mass shootings, they also conveniently ignore the fact that most of the shootings that take place in the U.S. are because they are getting them illegally.
Perhaps the USA Today should focus on how many of those shootings by men were done because of illegal possession of a firearm instead of taking the easy way out and blaming men all together.