2018-06-09 15:39:42 UTC
America's passion for guns: ownership and violence by the numbers
The US is home to 88 guns for every 100 people and sees mass shootings
more than 11 times as often as any other developed country
Three per cent of the US population owns half the guns.
Not only is the United States the runaway world leader for gun ownership
it also suffers mass shootings at more than 11 times the rate of any other
developed country, according to a 2014 study published in the
International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences.
Here are key statistics pertaining to gun ownership and gun violence in
the United States, following the attack at a music festival Sunday night
in Las Vegas, the countrys deadliest mass shooting.
1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America's gun crisis in one chart
88 guns for every 100 people
This is the gun ownership rate in the United States, the highest by far in
the world, according to the UN office on drugs and crime through its
annual crime survey for 2012. The No 2 country, Yemen, has 54.8 per 100
Up to half
This is the proportion of civilian-owned guns worldwide held in the United
States. With less than 5% of the worlds population, the United States is
home to roughly 3550% of the worlds civilian-owned guns, according to
the Small Arms Survey from 2007.
More than 30,000
The number of Americans killed with guns each year. About two-thirds of
those are suicides.
More than 100,000
The number of people shot each year in the United States, according to a
study published in the journal Health Affairs.
Americans overall are 25 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than
people in other developed countries, gun control advocates say.
Proportion of gun murders in the United States in which a handgun is the
weapon, according to FBI statistics.
Increase in number of handguns owned in the United States since 1994.
Increase in total number of guns owned in the United States since 1994.
Proportion of people who own half of the countrys guns, according to an
unpublished Harvard/Northeastern University survey result summary.
Anchoring this group are Americas gun super-owners an estimated 7.7
million Americans who own between eight and 140 guns.
Total hospital expenses to treat US gunshot victims annually, according to
the study. If lost wages and hospital expenses are considered together,
the authors said, the annual cost of shootings in the US could be as high
More than $1m
Amount of his own money that one doctor spent to fund gun violence
prevention research after political pressure from the National Rifle
Association targeted federal funding for public health research on guns.
The changing portrait of gun ownership in America
Proportion of firearm murders among all murders in 2016 the highest ever
on record in the United States, according to FBI statistics. While murders
in the United States are well down from historic highs, gun murders
represent a greater share of the overall total.
The number of guns stolen in the United States per year, according to an
unpublished Harvard/Northeastern survey result summary. Thats compared
with 230,000 a year in a recent estimate from the National Crime
Why more urban women own guns: self-defense and the second amendment
The proportion of US men who said they personally owned a gun in 2015,
down from 42% in 1994, according to the Harvard/Northeastern study.
The proportion of US women who said they personally owned a gun in 2015,
up from 9% in 1994.
The number of US cities and towns accountable for half of Americas gun
homicides in 2015, according to a geographic analysis by the Guardian.
Less than a quarter
The share of the countrys population in those 127 cities and towns. Read
further in the Guardian report Want to fix gun violence in America? Go