UNFORTUNATELY, CHARLTON HESTON WAS NOT AMONG THE VICTIMS

Here's a cheerful summary of homicides by firearm in various countries according to The World Health Organization's "World Report on Violence and Health", assembled in convenient, copy-and-forward-to-your-right-wing-asshole-friends format. Suicides and accidental firearm deaths are not counted in these figures.

Australia – 56
Austria – 17
Belgium – 59
Canada – 159
China – 3
Denmark – 15
Finland – 22
France – 160
Germany – 155
Greece – 74
Iceland – 1 (ONE!!)
Ireland – 7
Italy – 463
Japan – 22
The Netherlands – 75
New Zealand – 4
Norway – 10
Portugal – 61
Spain – 85
Sweden – 11
United Kingdom – 45

and……..

Your United States of America, where These Colors Cannot be Accused of Running: 11,802

Here's some more math. We had 25.49 times as many gun homicides as our next highest Western world counterpart (Italy). Our per capita rate of 14.55 per 100,000 people was also highest in the world (Japan's, by comparison, was 0.05 per 100,000, meaning one has a higher chance of being struck by lightning in Japan than murdered with a gun). In America we average 32.33 gun-related deaths per day, which is more than Sweden, Japan, Norway, Denmark, Austria, and other countries listed above have in an entire fucking year.

But this cannot be overstated, people: there is NO CONNECTION between having a gun and killing someone with it and not having a gun and NOT killing someone with it.

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