Following the practice of journalism, I try to remain politically neutral in all my posts in this blog. That said, I’ve been collecting statistics on guns and gun deaths in the US. Without comment, here they are:
Americans are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than people in other developed countries. Americans make up about 4.4 percent of the global population but own 42 percent of the world’s guns. Ninety-six people are killed each day by gunshots in the US. The number of gun murders per capita in the US in 2012—the most recent year for comparable statistics—was nearly 30 times that in the UK, at 2.9 per 100,000 compared with just 0.1. Of all the murders in the US in 2012, 60% were by firearm compared with 31% in Canada, 18.2% in Australia, and just 10% in the UK. According to research by Politifact, there were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in the US between 1968 and 2011, compared with 1.2 million US combat deaths in every conflict from the War of Independence to Iraq.