Gun Debate: US Represents 4.4% of World’s Population, Own 46% of World’s Guns

GUN DEBATE:  Gun ownership in the U.S. is at an all-time, as gun violence continues to plague certain pockets of the U.S. Six month old Jonylah Watkins was shot multiple times on a Chicago street in a drive-by shooting, as her father changed her diapers. She died Tuesday morning.

Numbers Sleuth found a nearly 1-to-1 ratio, Americans lead the world in gun ownership. But does that make us any safer? No. Not when innocent people are losing their lives everyday to gun violence.

REPORT:  THE UNITED STATES OF GUN OWNERSHIP

  • 75% of American gun owners have two or more guns
  • The U.S. accounts for 4.4% of the world’s population and 46% of the world’s guns
  • Wyoming leads gun ownership by state (60%); D.C. is last (4%)
  • 2 out of 5 guns sold in the U.S. are without background checks
  • For every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.
america Gun Debate: US Represents 4.4% of Worlds Population, Own 46% of Worlds Guns

Gun Debate: U.S. Represents 4.4% of World’s Population, Own 46% of World’s Guns (Infographic: Numbers Sleuth)

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.