America’s Gun Issue Compared To The Rest Of The World

December 5, 2015

That’s a lot of weaponry.

In the same month three innocent people were gunned down at a Colorado abortion clinic, 14 lives were lost at a Californian disability centre in San Bernardino where a couple armed with handguns opened fire.

In America, it’s easier to get a gun than a bank loan. As a result, gun ownership rates are soaring and gun-related crimes are at an all-time high.

When asked about the recent Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic gun attack at a press conference this week, Obama responded by saying “mass shootings” are a specifically American issue, criticizing Congressional inaction toward tighter gun control.

“In the United States we have the power to do more to prevent what is just a regular process of gun homicides, that is unequaled by multiples of five, six, [or] ten, and I think the American people understand that. So my hope is that, once again, this spurs a conversation and action,” Obama said.

Following on from the President’s call for action, this Thursday, White House officials attempted to close the loophole currently allowing people to purchase a gun without a background check. The effort was blocked by the Republicans in a 54-45 vote which could have made it illegal for individuals on the government’s ‘no fly’ list to purchase guns.

So with the issue proving increasingly complex to resolve, we thought we’d take a look at just how America compares to the rest of the world when it comes to gun ownership and gun-related violence…

Guns vs people

Source: Small Arms Survey 2011

Guns vs supermarkets

Source: Small Arms Survey 2011

Homicides per gun

Source: UNODOC Small Arms Survey
Source: UNODOC Small Arms Survey

Gun-related deaths per 100,000

Source: The American Journal Of Medicine
Source: The American Journal Of Medicine

Comment: Do you think changing America’s gun laws will help reduce gun-related deaths?


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