Guns and murder

I missed this article when it came out which ranks countries by guns per capita. The US is number one by a lot. Here are the top ten (data from here which got it from a UN survey–the rates are per 100 people)

United States 88.8
Yemen 54.8
Switzerland 45.7
Finland 45.3
Serbia 37.8
Cyprus 36.4
Saudi Arabia 35
Iraq 34.2
Uruguay 31.8
Sweden 31.6

It’s a weird mix: free and unfree, stable and unstable. One thing to consider is that the US is even further ahead in number of weapons–the US has an estimated 270 million guns, while the next country is India with 46 million. The US owns an astounding 35-50% of the world’s guns. These top gun countries are not near the top in murder rates (from here, as a comparison the rate in the US is 4.8 per 100,000):

Honduras 91.6
El Salvador 69.2
Côte d’Ivoire 56.9
Jamaica 52.2
Burundi 50.7
Venezuela 45.1
Belize 41.4
U.S. Virgin Islands 39.2
Guatemala 38.5
Saint Kitts and Nevis 38.2

A few things to consider: first the murder rates here are astounding, the rate in Honduras is almost 20 times that of the US which is one of the highest for developed countries, second, according to the definition, this does not include death in conflicts which means countries like Iraq and Yemen look much better than they should with their murder rates of 2 and 4.2.

I don’t have much to say about this, it’s just data to consider.

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