Gun Crime & Ownership: Arm Yourself With The Facts

Gun Crime & Ownership: Arm Yourself With The Facts

Gun crime and gun ownership are a hot-trigger, political topic fraught with emotional baggage and social mythology. Recent mass shootings have filled US citizens with horror, and re-ignited the fuse to blast gun-ownership rights into pieces.
Being armed with facts and social considerations is one way to stay on target of this serious issue.

First of all, in spite of the high-profile mass murder scenario, US gun homicide rates have actually declined in recent years. However, with gun ownership rights at stake; a call to arms has initiated itself and more US citizens than ever own firearms. In 2007, US citizens had the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, at 88 out of 100 people with a firearm.

The US does not head the world in gun homicides. That distinction goes to Brazil, with 34,078 killings per 100,000 in 2012. Columbia, at 12,538 and Venezuela, at 11,115, come in second to this dubious honor. South Africa, at 8,319 is no slouch either, but the US beats them out at 9,146 gun deaths per 100,000 people.

In the UK, guns are nearly impossible to obtain, yet the UK homicide rate has increased by 15% since 1997. On the other hand, Australia banned semi-automatic and automatic shotguns and rifles in 1996, halving their homicide rate for the next decade. In contrast, Swiss gun homicide rates are very low, though a very high percentage of the populace owns guns.

As with all statistics, it is important to consider the essential societal values of a populace when studying the figures presented. The percentages of gun violence per population do not follow consistent data pertaining to ownership of guns; but instead, as the contrast between the Swiss and the US gun violence indicates, suggest a link between cultural expectations and gun behaviors.

Via: Instant Checkmate



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