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Americans own 40 percent of world's firearms
2018-06-19, 06:16 PM,
United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Americans make up only four percent of the global population but they own 40 percent of the world's firearms, a new study said Monday.

There are more than one billion firearms in the world but 85 percent of those are in the hands of civilians, with the remainder held by law enforcement and the military, according to the Small Arms Survey.

The survey, produced by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, says it bases its estimates based on multiple sources, including civilian firearms registration data from 133 countries and territories and survey results in 56 countries.

Of the 857 million guns owned by civilians, 393 million are in the United States - more than all of the firearms held by ordinary citizens in the other top 25 countries combined.

"The biggest force pushing up gun ownership around the world is civilian ownership in the United States," said Aaron Karp, one of the authors of the report which compiles new data from the last ten years.

"Ordinary American people buy approximately 14 million new and imported guns every year," Karp told a news conference at UN headquarters in New York.

Americans have access to powerful firearms that are not available in many other countries due to tighter legislation.

"Why are they buying them? That's another debate. Above all, they are buying them probably because they can. The American market is extraordinarily permissive," he said.

Gun ownership rates vary across the world, with 121 firearms for every 100 residents in the United States compared to 53 in Yemen, 39 in Montenegro, and 35 in Canada.'

News source - https://www.yahoo.com/news/americans-own...47656.html
2018-06-19, 06:20 PM,
more guns = less killings
2018-06-19, 06:24 PM,
That explains why they have the lowest gun violence rate in the world!
2018-06-19, 06:32 PM,
Another reason why getting rid of weapons will never happen. :/
2018-06-19, 06:43 PM,
Those are rookie numbers.
2018-06-19, 06:57 PM,
America! fuck yeah! Not surprised with the result.
2018-06-19, 08:03 PM,
We should ban them all !
2018-06-19, 08:08 PM,
This study was based on registration data. Actual Data is much higher.
2018-06-19, 09:24 PM, (This post was last modified: 2018-06-19, 09:24 PM by Meridius.)

(2018-06-19, 06:24 PM)ougasoft Wrote: That explains why they have the lowest gun violence rate in the world!

They don't. The U.S. has the 31st highest rate in the world: 3.85 deaths due to gun violence per 100,000 people in 2016.
2018-06-19, 10:50 PM,
It's disheartening that profit is the main focus. The loss of lives of the American people is inconsequential

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