Gun Control: US Gun Deaths

The US gun death rate is the highest in the G7.

October 9, 2015

The US gun death rate is the highest in the G7.

1. In 2013, there were 10.64 gun deaths per 100,000 people in the United States.

2. The U.S. gun death rate is nearly four times higher than France’s, the G7 country with the next highest-rate (at 2.83).

3. It was more than four times the rate of Canada (2.39 gun deaths per 100,000 people).

4. 33,636 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2013.

5. That is equal to an average of 92 people killed by guns for each calendar day of the year.

6. This total number is actually slightly higher (by 2.8%) than the number of people who died in motor vehicle fatalities in the U.S. that year (32,719).

7. As it stands, automobile ownership and operation is far more highly regulated and licensed in the United States than is gun ownership and usage.

8. In addition, from 2001 to 2013, a total of 153,144 people died in U.S. gun homicides.

9. This compares with 3,046 terrorist attack fatalities in the United States from 2001 to 2014. (2,977 died on September 11, 2001, and the rest in the years since.)

10. That means that gun homicides killed 50 times more people in the United States than did acts of terrorism.

Sources: The Globalist Research Center, GunPolicy.org (University of Sydney’s School of Public Health), BBC, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, NBC

Takeaways

In 2013, there were 10.64 gun deaths per 100,000 people in the United States.

US gun death rate is four times higher than France’s, the G7 country with the next highest-rate.

33,636 people were killed by guns in the United States in 2013.

Automobile ownership and operation is far more highly regulated in the US than is gun ownership.

Gun homicides killed 50 times more people in the United States than did acts of terrorism.