Putting Gun Deaths In Perspective

Margot Sanger-Katz points out how rare gun homicides are in other developed countries.

“Here, where the right to bear arms is cherished by much of the population, gun homicides are a significant public health concern. For men 15 to 29, they are the third-leading cause of death, after accidents and suicides. In other high-income countries, gun homicides are unusual events. The recent Paris attacks killed 130 people, which is nearly as many as die from gun homicides in all of France in a typical year. But even if France had a mass shooting as deadly as the Paris attacks every month, its annual rate of gun homicide death would be lower than that in the United States.”

“The accompanying table shows the mortality rates for gun homicides in a variety of countries, along with a correspondingly likely cause of death in the United States.”

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3 Comments

  1. this study and the one a few posts below from the Washington post are good because they acknowledge both that there are countries with bigger problems and more violent crime than the US and that the US is a very big outlier in its high rates of violent death for an industrialized country.

    Japan and South Korea are equaling interesting outliers for their low rates of violent death among industrialized countries

    1. Basically because it’s almost impossible to get a gun there. Flat-out impossible to get an assault rifle.

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