Over at OTB Alex Knapp points out that German police officers fired only 85 rounds in all of 2011. The most obvious conclusion I would draw from this is that U. S. police officers are trigger-happy.
Do we have too many firearms? Sure. Are they fired at other people (or ourselves) too frequently? Definitely.
Should the homicide rate per 100,000 in the United States (4.8) be compared with that of Germany (.8)? Why not to that of Mexico (22.7)? Or Ghana (15.7)? Is median income the dispositive factor? What about things like social cohesion? Presumably, I need not go into detail on the extreme measures that Germany took within living memory to increase social cohesion.
Do we really want to be more like Germany?