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In response to the shooting at the church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama compared gun homicides in the US to other developed countries.

President Obama @POTUS Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel. 4:49 AM – 21 Jun 2015

But those numbers don’t actually tell the whole story.


For the same period of time, here is some additional relevant data, supplied by the World Health Organization, and compiled by The Guardian in 2012:

The US has 9146 homicides by guns.
(2.97 homicides per 100K people)

PA & Gaza had 105 homicides by guns.
(2.95 homicides per 100K people)

England & Wales had 41 homicides by guns.
(.07 homicides per 100K people)

France had 35 homicides by guns.

(.06 homicides per 100K people)

Japan had 11 homicides by guns.
(.01 homicides per 100K people)

Israel had 6 homicides by guns.
(.09 homicides per 100K people)

In terms of firearms owned per 100,000 people:

United States: 88.8
PA & Gaza: 3.4
England & Wales 6.2
France: 31.2
Japan: 0.6
Israel: 7.3

Israel has very restrictive gun laws, and it is actually very difficult to get a gun license. Though unlike the US, one doesn’t need to conceal they have a weapon.


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  1. I just saw an article that said Turkey outlawed guns and then 1.5 million Armenians were killed, in 1938 Germany outlawed Jews owning guns and we know what happened there, Russia outlawed guns in the 20`s and 20 million were killed and several other examples of undemocratic countries banning weapons which made their subjects subservient to the authorities. Unfortunately too many weapons are in the hands of criminals and when politicians make statements without being more deliberate as to the shooters and the demographics involved you get the gun control opponents scared and vociferous in them protecting their turf because they do not expect the authorities to protect them when they require protection and wish to protect themselves. I would like to see the politicians ask the NRA to work with them within the frame of the 2nd Ammendment rather than trying to fight the 2nd Ammendment. It is worth a try instead of picking a fight that the majority of Americans will not support.

  2. 88.8 guns per 100,000 people in the U.S.? Are you sure that isn't 88,000?

    Proper statistics would compare all violent deaths per 100,000 people from all causes. Obviously, if a gun is not available, you have to find another way. Like, say, plastic explosives, or a fuel truck, or a screwdriver, or a rock. The mentality is the same; only the means has changed.

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