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Germany And Beer, America And Guns

November 13, 2017

This Letter to the Editor of The Economist caught my attention.

Oliver Reif remarked that “telling Americans to buy fewer guns is like telling Germans to drink less beer” (Letters, October 14th). Germans are drinking less beer. From 1980 to 2016 annual consumption per head drooped from 146 litres to 104. This probably isn’t because of exceptionally rational behaviour on the part of Germans. I guess it is rather a lifestyle issue. Maybe that’s the angle to try for reducing gun deaths in America as well.

KARL BARTELS
Potsdam, Germany

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2017 10:06 PM

    We agree about the need for sane gun laws!!

  2. onevote permalink
    November 13, 2017 9:18 PM

    Wisconsin loves beer, no doubt about it. Been that way for so long now.

    But our legislator is pushing through all these “sportsman” gun laws now; the GOP is appealing to rural voters that like guns. Guns in the city should have no place, especially in bars. There are legitimate reasons to have guns, but the NRA and our media turn it into a “freedom” issue. Let’s get sane gun laws…

    In Canada, they drink beer in amounts greater than Wisconsinites, yet they have nowhere near the number of gun casualties that America does. Just maybe, Michael Moore is right on target.

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