Christian author and activist Shane Claiborne shed light on the staggering guns-to-humans ratio in the United States in a Twitter thread following the 2019 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.

“Saying that it’s ‘not the right time’ to talk about gun control after a mass shooting … is like saying it’s not right to talk about train safety after a deadly train wreck. #ElPaso This is exactly when we need to talk about it,” Claiborne wrote.

“We have more guns than people in the U.S. In fact, we have about 5% of the world’s population, but almost half of the world’s guns.

“We have nearly 5 times more gun dealers than McDonald’s restaurants,” Claiborne asserted.

“We manufacture 9,458,172 guns per year. 25,912 guns per day. 1,079 guns per hour. 18 guns per minute. 1 gun every 3 seconds,” he pointed out before adding, “We have a problem.”

Claiborne then argued that “Where there are more guns, there are more deaths… and suicides. 105 lives are lost each day, over 38,000 per year. Since 1979, the number of gun deaths has not dropped below 32,000. That means in 40 years, we’ve lost 1.2 million lives.

“We had more Americans killed domestically in 2 decades than in 250 years of foreign wars. And in 50 years, we’ve had more gun deaths than in all the wars in American history,” he asserted.

“After Sandy Hook, when 20 kids and 6 adults were massacred in 2012, many people said: ‘NEVER AGAIN!’ But it has happened again. And again. And again. There have been nearly 2000 mass shootings since Sandy Hook,” he concluded.

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Kayla Koslosky has been the Editor of since 2018. She has B.A. degrees in English and History and previously wrote for and was the managing editor of the Yellow Jacket newspaper. She has written on her blog since 2012 and has also contributed to and

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