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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:52 AM

Chart: The U.S. has far more gun-related killings than any other developed country

The Sandy Hook Elementary shooting that killed 27, including 20 children, is already generating the same conversation that every mass shooting in America generates: Why are there so many shootings?

One piece of this puzzle is the national rate of firearm-related murders, which is charted above. The United States has by far the highest per capita rate of all developed countries. According to data compiled by the United Nations, the United States has four times as many gun-related homicides per capita as do Turkey and Switzerland, which are tied for third. The U.S. gun murder rate is about 20 times the average for all other countries on this chart. That means that Americans are 20 times as likely to be killed by a gun than is someone from another developed country.

The above chart measures data for the nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, which includes all Western countries plus Turkey, Israel, Chile, Japan, and South Korea. I did not include Mexico, which has about triple the U.S. rate due in large part to the ongoing drug war.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2012/12/14/chart-the-u-s-has-far-more-gun-related-killings-than-any-other-developed-country/?wprss=rss_world

Washington Post - World News

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defacto7 Dec 2012 #3
pipoman Dec 2012 #4
neverforget Dec 2012 #5
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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:53 AM

1. And the chart itself:

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:00 AM

2. We have more guns than any developed country

too USA USA USA

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:07 AM

3. Sorry for reposting this. It was removed from LBN

because it wasn't news but analysis. At least Washington Post thought it was news being in the World News section.

If people think it's comes up every time there is a mass shooting, there must be a reason for it.
Maybe people need to be reminded. Maybe someone who hasn't seen it.

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:10 AM

4. And ALWAYS has, even before

the UK, Australia and the others banned them. Further, following bans in the European countries crime rates have remained unchanged or are higher than before the bans. This has little to do with guns and much to do with socioeconomic, labor, disparity of wealth, and perhaps most impactful, lack of availability to obtain mental health services. Let's compare access to metal health services of these same countries..bet the US is in the rear of the pack.

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Sat Dec 15, 2012, 01:11 AM

5. And with 300 million guns, we should be the safest country in the world because

FREEDOM!

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Response to defacto7 (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 02:16 AM

6. As I often like to say,

this is not breaking news.

It's not a secret that this country loves its guns, loves to kill, and far too many of our citizens thinks that's okay. Every single day of the year more than 80 people are killed by guns. More often they happen by ones or twos, so don't make the kind of news that today's mass shootings made.

But it is beyond insanity that this is just fine with too many people.

I am so sick of the gun apologists crowing every time some homeowner kills an invader. Oops. The home invader was the 15 year old son who'd sneaked out of the house earlier that day. Oh, well, crap happens. That seems to be the logic.

I wish I could arrange it so that the ONLY persons who are ever killed by guns are those who think that we are safer because of guns. Safer? You want safer?

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