At the risk of repeating myself—I’ve addressed this subject several times over the four years I’ve been blogging—the U.S. stands out among the world’s nations as the country with the highest gun ownership and highest rate of deaths by gunfire among similar wealthy nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The ratio between number of guns in the hands of civilians and the number of gunfire deaths is constant throughout the world: the more guns, the more people die.
The firearm ownership rate in the United States is the highest in the world—120.5 guns per 100 people. We have more guns than people. Compare that figure with the number for Canada, 34.7, and the United Kingdom, 4.6.
Now let’s look at the number of people killed by gunfire. According to the Washington Post, through the first five months of 2021, gunfire killed more than 8,100 people in the U.S., about 54 lives lost per day. The rate of deaths by gunfire per 100,000 people in the U.S. in 2019 (the most recent figure I was able to acquire) was 3.96. That was more than eight times higher than the rate in Canada, which had 0.47 deaths per 100,000 people and nearly 100 times higher than in the United Kingdom, which had 0.04 deaths per 100,000.
Again: the more guns in the hands of civilians in a country, the more citizens die by gunfire. And yet we are loath to pass gun control laws. Firearms are woven into the culture of the U.S.
Forty thousand people die each year from gunfire in our country. Let’s change that. We can start by reducing the number of guns in the hands of police. We can learn from the British whose bobbies (British policemen) are often not armed. And we can limit by law the number of firearms in the hands of civilians.
It’s time for America to join the rest of the world’s civilized nations by reducing the number of firearms in the country, thereby saving thousands of lives.