21
Jul
12

The US needs to talk about guns

No matter what mental illness this latest mass murderer might have had, the US absolutely needs to talk about gun control.

This table, showing a few statistics from the countries I have lived in plus the US, has a pretty stark message. No matter what other social facts are at work here, access to guns must be a major factor.

Measure

Canada

United Kingdom

Australia

United States of America

Rate of civilian firearms per 100 population

23.8

6.7

15

88.8

Avg annual homicides (any method) per 100,000 people from 2005-2009

1.9

1.4

1.2

5.5

Avg annual homicides (guns) per 100,000 people from 2005-2009

0.6

0.01

0.1

3.3

All statistics are taken from GunPolicy.org.

 

 

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