Gun Violence in America: The 13 Key Questions (2013)

TITLE: Gun Violence in America: The 13 Key Questions (With 13 Concise Answers) The Atlantic (2013)
SOURCE: The Atlantic

FINDINGS (loads of data): (1) overall # of guns has increased to about 1 gun per person, up from 1 gun for every 2 persons in the 1960s. (2) 6,220 of those homicides by firearm (72%) are known to have involved a handgun, (3) 19,392 of 38,264 suicides in 2010 involved a gun (50%), (4) about 40% of households have at least 1 gun, (5) there have been 62 incidents of mass shootings in the US, from 1982-2012. Of these, a semi-automatic handgun was used in 75% of mass shootings whereas an assault weapon was used in 40% of mass shootings, (6) we need better research to evaluate most effective public policies addressing gun violence; (7) The U.S. has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership in the world, by far.


Gun Homicides & Gun Ownership Listed by Country (2012)

TITLE: Gun Homicides & Gun Ownership Listed by Country (2012)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK)
AUTHOR(s): Simon Rogers


NOTES: Includes data from two databases: UNODC Crime Survey & 2007 Small Arms Survey to create a sortable database of gun ownership & crime rates by country. Although USA ranks 27th globally in firearm homicide rate/100,000, the 26 countries ahead of USA are mostly small, third-world, poor, recent history of war/civil war, etc. USA worse than all large, well-developed countries.