December 26th, 2012

Gun Deaths in America compared to the World


We Americans have much to learn from experiences in other countries. It doesn’t have to be “the way it is” forever.

Country
Homicides by Firearms
(annual)
Rate of Gun Homicides
(per 100,000 people)
Rate of Registered Firearms Owners
(per 100 people)
U.S.
9,146 (’09)
2.98
88.8
U.K.
18
0.03
3.48
Canada
173
0.5
23.8
Australia
30
0.1
12.4
Japan
11
0.0
0.32
Germany
158
0.2
8.73
Israel
61
0.83
5.98
Denmark
15
0.19
0.39
South Africa
8,319
17.0
7.87
India
3,093
0.3
0.53

Source of tabulated statistics: GunPolicy.org

The National Rifle Association, as political lobbyist, has advocated and had passed Guns in the Workplace laws. Imagine the emotionally volatile bully being armed at his desk with ready access to the weapon at the most inopportune time. Utah and Oklahoma passed laws but they were set aside by courts because employers fought the law. In Florida, the state Chamber of Commerce opposed the law, but it passed nevertheless, thanks to NRA backing.

Here’s the NRA boasting about its legislative accomplishments through its lobbying group — ILA (Institute for Legislative Action). You decide if they are nuts or right.

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