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Thailand and guns: Media mentions thousands of deaths from gun violence - but the USA is worse

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32 minutes ago, MickGC said:

Yes I love maps an charts too, especially the ones pumped out by the UN, pushing their agenda to remove all guns from the populace world wide. One world, one govt, only the uniforms have guns. By all means, buy into that. 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

This was not as bad as countries like Brazil, the USA and India, said the media.

This statement is misleading.

 

The slide referred to doesn't make the assertion that 'Thailand is not so bad as these other places'. It simply lists the supposed top three countries in terms of gun violence. It may not be excuse-making, as some of the sensitive Americans here have assumed. Just as likely, it's also intended to give some perspective to the numbers. If I tell you that alcohol consumption in Thailand is about 8.3l per person annually. You may not know if that is high or low. If I also tell you it's 12.2l for both Australia and France, and 15.1l in Russia, you have better idea of what the stat for Thailand means.     

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The USA is much worse when it comes to mass shootings, but there is a gun problem here. Too many people are packing for my taste and as a foreigner I'm not allowed to pack.

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Agree with many of the previous  comments, Don't worry about where you sit on the global scale.More important to look objectively at what Thailand can do to  gain control of the tragic happenings within its own country. road toll, shootings, domestic violence,gambling,financial scams to name a few. The government seems to miss  the point and just keeps on drawing comparisons or promising new action which are never forth coming.

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2 hours ago, LomSak27 said:

Playbook tactic #1 If it is bad, try and drag the USA into it. However  .. 

 

In 2016 Thailand's rate of violent gun-related deaths stood at 4.45 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. In comparison, that of the Philippines was 7.42; the US, 3.85; Cambodia, 0.96; Myanmar, 0.56; Malaysia, 0.46; Indonesia, 0.10; and Singapore, 0.03.

 

Coconuts had this story on TV a couple years back back

 

NPR ran the data from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation after the recent mass shootings in California, and found Thailand had 7.48 violent gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2013. That’s over twice the gun death rate in the US, which had 3.55 deaths per 100,000 people in the same year. Thailand also has the highest gun death rate in Asia, the data shows. It had 50% more deaths than the Philippines, which also beat the US gun death rate with 4.64 deaths per 100,000 people.

 

Maybe they should not have included ... but the USA is worse
 

You are assuming that Thais either understand or care about ratios.  It is way over their heads!

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1 hour ago, deesquared said:

What does gun rights have anything to do with a soldier rading an armory? If anything gun rights could have helped this situation. We've seen this time and time again in the US when a private citizen stops a shooting with their own weapon. 

You make a very good point!!

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Okay so Thailand is not that bad, but since 2017 nas only Thais can own guns, therefore all GUN deaths are attributed to Thais, this nation who we were told could nopt have killed the couple on Koh Tao as Thais do not do that.

Well giess what Thais do and will continue to commit murder for the stupidest reasons and apparently it is OKAY ! As a Wai and grovelling will suffice 

 

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  In a free society, where one arms themself and protects themself with a firearm,  it is difficult to commit Genocide.

 

Disarmed populations are easier to Genocide,  which is why genocides are always preceeded by disarming the people.

 

 

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3 hours ago, pookiki said:

I saw several news accounts that the Korat shooter purchased three weapons through the 'Army welfare program'.  Is there a limit on the number of weapons that can be purchased under the program? What, if anything, prevents these weapons being sold on the 'black' or 'gray' market'?

 

Based on what I have 'heard' but with no personal experience, I was always under the impression that if you had enough money, getting a gun in Thailand wasn't a problem. 

 

I would also be curious to know if carrying a weapon in Thailand is legal and whether the Thai government issues permits to gun holders.

There is no concealed carry in Thailand. Only for home protection or sport shooting at the range. Even Thai need 3" of paperwork and 6+ months to obtain a firearm. It's not "easy"(not counting black market)

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3 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

And Zimbabwe is worse than Thailand in terms of traffic deaths!

We'll, but only some more efforts and Thailand will be No 1 in the world! 

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So Thailand has a big problem with legal and illigal fire arms in thais hand and sure the law, only in thsi arm seeing weappons wont help to face a very very big problem.

You don't have to point to USA. Better you clean up your own mess first. If i see how easy fire arms are used in thai society this country is in big trouble and you can get soooo very easy fire arms!!

 

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4 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

And Zimbabwe is worse than Thailand in terms of traffic deaths!

..does that include stampeding elephants and wayward wilderbeests?

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