Gun Crime & Ownership: Arm Yourself With The Facts

Gun Crime & Ownership: Arm Yourself With The Facts

Numbers do not lie and that is evident when you research the relationship between gun ownership and crime rate. However, it is important to look into the context of the situation. The United States consists of 5% of the worlds population, but it is responsible for anywhere between one-third and one-half of the amount of guns owned by citizens. When you compare the gun violence in the United States to other first world nations, it shows that the United States is much more violent in the context of firearms. All crimes with the use of a gun are higher, but that does not necessarily mean the United States crime rate is higher in general. Other countries just make it harder to own a firearm.

Looking at the bigger picture, it comes to light that the United States is 24th in the world for murder rate. More specifically, the United States is 15th in the world for gun violence. Plus, over the last 40 years the number of violent crimes in the United States has dropped. This is not bad considering that United States citizens potentially own up to half of the guns in the world.

The data shows that most people who own a gun in the United States are middle-aged men who did not receive college education. Men are twice as likely to own a gun compared to women. The United States has more relaxed gun laws than the rest of the world. With that in mind, it is easy to see that a lot of gun owners will own several guns. Gun aficionados may own dozens, if not a hundred guns. The point is that despite how easy it is to buy a gun, the United States is not as violent a country as it appears to be.

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Posted Apr 9, 2013
 
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