10 Facts: The story of gun violence and the lack of gun control in the US

There are signs that the mass shooting at a High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people, could change things, but nothing has changed. Congress has passed no significant gun reforms -- and it still doesn’t look likely to do so, even as people take to the streets.

Here are 10 facts about mass shootings, gun violence, and gun control that really should be enough to convince anyone that "the solutions aren’t a big mystery."

1. "Americans own roughly 42 percent of all the world’s privately held firearms while making up less than 5% of the world’s population."

2. "The US holds 31% of global mass shooters," again, "while making up less than 5% of the world’s population."

3. "Estimated in 2007, the number of civilian-owned firearms in the US was 88.8 guns per 100 people."

4. By contrast, in the same year, "Yemen, a quasi-failed state torn by civil war, had 54.8 guns per 100 people."

5. "Research shows the ability to use guns in robberies makes similar levels of 'property crime' 54 times more deadly in New York City than in London!"

This is somewhat intuitive: People all over the world get into arguments and fights with friends, family, and peers. In the US, however, it’s much more likely that someone who is angry in an argument is able to pull out a gun and kill someone...

6. "The US has nearly six times the gun homicide rate of Canada. Per capita."

7. "The US has nearly four times the gun homicide rate of Switzerland, which is second in line when it comes to homicides by firearm per 1 million people."

8. "After the worst mass shooting in Australia's history, new gun control laws dropped their firearm homicide rate by 42% over the next seven years."

9. "There were 13 gun massacres in the 18 years before Australia improved their gun control laws. There have not been any since, in over 14 years."

10. "Harvard research concludes gun deaths and firearm ownership are related."

Crazy isn't it: "places with more guns have more gun deaths..."

All facts/quotes mentioned here originate from this great article. This is just a tl;dr.

Posted in Crime & Law Tech & Science Health & Food Business & Politics by Paul van der Maas

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