US High in Gun Ownership, Low in Murder Rate

from Newsmax –

Several reports on gun ownership around the world clearly refute the assertion that the abundance of guns in the United States leads to a high rate of firearm homicides.

Americans are the biggest gun owners by far, with an estimated 270 million civilian firearms, in addition to those used by law enforcement and the military. That’s according to the Small Arms Survey of 178 nations conducted by the Switzerland-based Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

In sheer numbers of civilian firearms, the No. 2 nation, surprisingly, is India with 46 million, followed by China (40 million), Germany (25 million), Pakistan (18 million), and Mexico (15 million).

The United States also leads in gun ownership rate, with about 88 firearms per 100 people, according to the most recent Small Arms Survey compiled in 2007.

That is far ahead of No. 2 Yemen, which has 55 firearms per 100 people. Switzerland is third with 46 per 100 people, followed by Finland (45), Serbia (38), Cyprus (36), Saudi Arabia (35), and Iraq (34).

But when it comes to the firearm homicide rate, the United States doesn’t even make the top 25.

According to figures collected by the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime through its annual crime survey, 9,146 Americans were victims of a firearm homicide in the most recent year. That translates to a rate of 2.97 firearm homicides per 100,000 population, only the 27th highest rate in the world.

The highest rate by far can be found in Honduras, 68 homicides per 100,000, followed by El Salvador (40), Jamaica (39), Venezuela (38.9), Guatemala (34), and Colombia (27).

For America’s neighbors, the rate in Mexico is 9.9 per 100,000, and in Canada, 0.5 per 100,000.

It is interesting to note that not only does the United States have a relatively low homicide rate compared to its gun ownership rate, but Switzerland, which ranks third in the civilian gun ownership rate, has only the 46th highest homicide rate, and Finland, with the fourth highest ownership rate, is 63rd on the list.

“The most obnoxious liberal talking points on guns involve the idea that guns, in and of themselves, cause gun violence,” writes CNS News commentator Stephen Gutowski. “In other words, more guns must mean more gun violence.”

But in light of the ownership and homicide figures, he observes: “More guns do not, in fact, mean more gun violence. Guns can be, and commonly are, used in a responsible manner, especially here in the United States.”

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9 years ago

Even though the letter of the Second Amandment does not specifically say so, one of the main reasons for the people to own firearms is often given as “to be able to defend against an opressive government”. Alternatively “to defend the republic from being taken over from without or within”.

Question 1: Are we there yet?

Question 2: How would this take place in practice? With whom would the people have an armed fight?

Norbert Haupt
9 years ago

Firearms were used to kill 30,143 people in the United States in 2005, the most recent year with complete data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 17,002 of these were suicides, 12,352 homicides, and 789 accidental firearm deaths. Nearly half of these deaths occurred in people under the age of 35. When we consider that there were also nearly 70,000 nonfatal injuries from firearms, we are left with the staggering fact that 100,000 men, women, and children were killed or wounded by firearms in the span of just one year.

I am not sure that comparing ourselves to a list of banana republics, infested by murderous drug cartels, is an effective argument that weighs. Switzerland is the one solid example that supports the argument in this article.

Bob Gorsuch
9 years ago

All this gun control crap simply means government having control of all guns owned by law biding citizens. It’s a move to disarm us completely. It’s a shame that we have so many elected liberal bird-brained morons in Washington DC.

Charlie B.
9 years ago

Don’t confuse the Washington liberals with facts! Facts just get in the way of them doing whatever the heck they want. By the way, let’s look at how many illegal (oops, undocumented) aliens come to this country from Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, Venezuela, Guatemala, and Columbia. Send ’em home and perhaps the gun violence WILL decrease in this country.

Les Balty
9 years ago

It’s really about the Constitutional right to self-defense and to defend the republic from being taken over from without or within. If every citizen (or most) have the means to defend this freedom, it is less likely to be forfeit.

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