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Posted by **backbeat** on Feb 14, 2018 at 6:14:38 PM:

it's not guns that kill

it's people who kill.......rationalization......

....well we've tried it once or twice and found it rather nice

Roll me over lay me down and do it again

Roll me over in the clover, roll me over lay me down and do it again....

America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world

America has six times per capita as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany

On average, there is more than one mass shooting for each day in America

States with more guns have more gun deaths

The states with the most guns report the most suicides

In states with more guns, more police officers are also killed on duty

In wealthy nations of the Western world, U.S. leads, by far, in gun homicides

a list of all the wealthy industrial nations that keep statistics on death by gun violence. (USA are not the richest, by the way, as measured by GDP per capita, but on this list the USA are third behind Luxembourg and Norway). Then, since some of them are so much bigger than others, they took the number of annual deaths by gunshot wound and adjusted it for population, so the comparison is of per capita deaths by gun homicide.

Here, the good ol’ USA is exceptional. Very. We are not just first, we are first by a mile.

In the good ol’ USA, on an average day, 27 people die by gunshot homicide. (That means they are excluding suicides or accidental shootings, but including all the victims of a mass shootings).

That is by far the most of any rich nation that keeps such statistics. But, of course, we have the biggest population of any of the rich industrial nations (only China and India have bigger populations, and they are not rich).

So, to make the comparison more reasonable and fair, the Upshot piece adjusted the gun death rates of the other rich Western industrial nations to the number of deaths that would occur if they had a population as large as ours. On that basis, the second- and third-highest-ranking rich industrial Western nations in per capita homicides are Canada and not-so-rich Greece, both of which clock in at just under five homicides a day.

Just under five, compared to our 27, and after adjusting for the difference in population size. And those are the second- and third-highest numbers on the list.

Iceland and Norway, with an average gun homicide rate of less than one a day (even after the adjustment for population) are the lowest on the list.

Japan is even lower, much lower, but wasn’t on the graphic because it was limited to Western nations, although Japan has a larger population than most of the countries on the Upshot graphic. Nonetheless, on a gun homicides per capita basis, the United States is more than 300 times higher than Japan.

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