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US versus the rest
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Quote:Another way of looking at that: Americans make up less than 5 percent of the world’s population yet own roughly 42 percent of all the world’s privately held firearms. These two facts — on gun deaths and firearm ownership — are related. The research, compiled by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Control Research Center, is pretty clear: After controlling for variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime, places with more guns have more gun deaths. Researchers have found this to be true not just with homicides, but also with suicides (which in recent years were around 60 percent of US gun deaths), domestic violence, and even violence against police..
Santa Fe school shooting: America’s gun problem, explained in 5 facts - Vox

A lengthy article summarizing the unique scale of the US gun problem. The US is an enormous outlier on two dimensions:
  • Waaaaay more victims of guns per 100,000 people
  • Waaaaay more guns per 100,000 people
And of course the two are related. 

To sum up; Japan has about 10 gun deaths per year, very strict gun laws and, as a result very few guns around. The US has 35,000 gun deaths a year and very loose gun controls...
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