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.


  • 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.
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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 and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.