4/30/2008

Gun ownership across countries

From the Economist magazine:

AN ESTIMATED 875m small arms are in circulation worldwide: one for every seven people on the planet. Nearly three-quarters of these are owned by civilians. And about 80% of those guns in civilian hands are found in just 30 countries, according to the Small Arms Survey, a research group. Although America accounts for 40% of firearms in civilian ownership, people put them to more deadly use elsewhere. The gun murder rate in Colombia and South Africa, for example, is much higher than in America. . . .


I am not sure where this 40 percent claim comes from.

Thanks to Harry Atkins for sending me this link.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Keith said...

If there is one gun for every 7 people, how do we get guns to the other six?

Keith

5/01/2008 4:50 AM  

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