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Friday, December 4, 2015

Statistics on America and Guns

Facts, statistics, hard data, not opinions or emotions or, worst of all, emotional opinions on guns.

--America has 4.4 percent of the world's population but almost half of its civilian-owned guns.

--In 2013, the US had 106.4 gun deaths per million people. In 2011, the last year for which we have numbers, the UK endured 146 gun deaths total — or 2.3 gun deaths per million people.

Plenty of research has found a strong correlation between the amount of guns in an area and its gun homicide rate:
--Countries with more guns have more gun homicides. 
--States with more guns have more gun homicides. 
--Individuals with guns in the house are likelier to be killed or to kill themselves with guns.

--Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths in the US are suicides. And having guns in the home make those suicides far more likely.

--There are more than 32,000 Americans shot and killed, each year, in America by weapons.

--Of those, approximately 10,000 of those shot and killed are children.

The time has come. We need to do this, America. We need to reduce the numbers of us killed each year by and with weapons.

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