Monday numbers

Monday numbers

4.4—percentage of the world’s population that lives in the United States (“Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and chart, Vox, October 2, 2017)

42—percentage of the civilian-owned guns in the world in the United States (Ibid)

265 million—number of guns owned by Americans in 2015 (“Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners. The Guardian, September 29, 2016)

133 million—number of guns owned by three percent of American adults (Ibid)

17—average number of guns owned by top three percent of gun owners (Ibid)

70—increase in the total number of guns owned by Americans since 1994 (Ibid)

400,000—number of guns stolen each year in the United States (Ibid)

22—minimum percentage of current U.S. gun owners who acquired a firearm within the past 2 years without a background check (“Firearm Acquisition Without Background Checks: Results of a National Survey, Annals of Internal Medicine, February 21, 2017)

5—number of times a domestic violence victim is more likely to be killed if their abuser has access to a gun (12 Facts That Show How Guns Make Domestic Violence Even Deadlier, The Trace, August 22. 2016)

29.7—number of homicides by firearm per one million people in the United States (“Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and chart, Vox, October 2, 2017)

5.1—number of homicides by firearm per one million people in Canada (Ibid)

1.9—number of homicides by firearm per one million people Germany (Ibid)

1,518—number of mass shootings in the United States since the massacre of school children in Newtown Connecticut in December 2012 (Ibid)

25—the number of times America’s gun homicide rate is greater than the average of other high-income countries (Everytown for Gun Safety)

93—number of Americans killed every day with guns (Ibid)

About the author

Chris Fitzsimon, Founder and Executive Director of N.C. Policy Watch, writes the Fitzsimon File, delivers a radio commentary broadcast on WRAL-FM and hosts "News and Views," a weekly radio news magazine that airs on multiple stations across North Carolina.
chris@ncpolicywatch.com
919-861-2066