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


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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  1. Tom Says:

    Blasphemy! Guns don't kill people! Oh wait, does that make America the most murderous country in the world that is not involved in genocide or civil war?

  2. Brian Enigma Says:

    Maybe my math is a little off, but I only seem to be getting about 4.06 per 100K people using the population data at http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html#People

    11802 homocides / 290M people = "x" homocides / 100K people

    290M "x" = 11802 * 100K

    "x" = (11802 * 100000) / 290342554 = 4.06 homocides / 100K people

    Still, it is pretty high compared to the other countries (the next highest being Italy, at 0.8).

  3. Noel Says:

    Maybe they all needed killin'?

    Nice Bill Hicks reference BTW

  4. Amy Says:

    Bowling For Columbine came out over a year ago, Ed. Good point though, Crispy Creme.
    Love, Amy

  5. Ambrosini Says:

    Not sure if anyone will look this far down now, but I just got this in an email.

    A. The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
    B. Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000.
    C. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171 per year.

    Now consider this:
    A. The number of gun owners in the U. S. is 80,000,000.
    B. The number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) is 1,500.
    C. The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.000188 per year.

    Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners. Remember, GUNS don't kill people, DOCTORS do!
    FACT: Not everyone has a gun, but almost everyone has at least one doctor. Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before it gets completely out of hand.
    Note: Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention.

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  9. Mike Hunt Says:

    Remember, those countries have much fewer n*gg*rs than we do.