No single, small set of facts about guns will be dispositive in our renewed, ongoing national debate. Still, it's useful to get out there what is known. I invite you to add to these no matter how you see the arguments, no matter what policies/laws you'd like to see (if any). The list is (paraphrased) from The charts are from the FBI.


You may have other sources you'd like to share in comments or in pieces of your own.



1. On average, 31.5 Americans are killed daily with guns.


2. At current rates, 46,000 Americans will be killed with guns during Mr. Obama's second term.


3. As a result of the gun-show and online loopholes, 40% of the guns sold in the United States each year are sold through private sellers not required to do any state or federal background checks on buyers.


4. 62% of online gun sellers agreed to sell guns to people whom they say could not likely pass a background check.


5. 80% of those imprisoned for gun-related crimes say they got their gun(s) from secondary-market, unlicensed sellers.


6. Under current federal law, the penalty for illegally trafficking in guns without brandishing or discharging them is the same for illegally selling livestock.


7. Since 1992, there have been 61 mass-shootings in our country; in 49 of them (80%) the gun(s) were obtained legally.


8. Among the top twenty-three highest income countries, the United States accounts for 80% of firearm deaths.


9. The United States firearm homicide rate is 19.5 times higher than those in the other top-income countries.


10. 82% of United States gun owners (including 74% of NRA members) support requiring background checks for anyone buying a gun.




The United States has five percent of the world's population and fifty percent of its firearms.
(Note:  Even if one considers firearms in the military, the U.S. military (active and reserve) totals just under three million servicepeople. The Chinese Peoples' Liberation Army, for example, has, active and reserve, close to four million.)
Your Take?



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Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 21, 2012 at 4:27am

I'd be pleased to host for dinner and conversation anyone convinced s/he     needs    an assault rifle.

Comment by Rodney Roe on December 21, 2012 at 5:02am

The charts ask more questions. What weapon was used in the 27% of homicides where guns were not used? Why does the City of Brotherly Love have the highest cost per resident of violent crime and Seattle the lowest?

"The United States has five percent of the world's population and fifty percent of its firearms." Those, curiously, are similar to figures cited for lawyers by Michael Crichton in Rising Sun where he pointed out that the U.S. educates 50% of the engineers in the world and hires five percent at the same time that 50% of the lawyers in the world practice in the U.S. As it turns out those figures are wrong. India alone has as many lawyers as the U.S. It's just that the proportion of lawyers/population in India is much lower.

My point is that the saw "statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics" holds for every subject. I like backing up my beliefs with numbers as much as anyone. The proponents of arming every adult in the country with a concealed handgun do too. In the final analysis we have to act on an intuitive approach. There is no way that a man or woman armed with a club could kill as many people in as short a period of time as the killers in Newtown and Aurora did.

Thanks for putting all of this together.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 21, 2012 at 5:21am

Rodney  Thank you...and btw...I love my hometown, Philadelphia...but I o not love its violence in those stats.

Comment by Matt Paust on December 21, 2012 at 5:52am

I defer to Alan Milner in this seemingly endless mutual rant:

Comment by Heidi Banerjee on December 21, 2012 at 6:00am

Jon,I fear for your life  as you might not make it through the 5-course-dinner .(French style involving several hours and plenty of food)I suggest you insist on body check before you get down to business.

Rodney,don't take it personally.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 21, 2012 at 6:22am

Thanks, Matt. I'll read it.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 21, 2012 at 6:22am

Heidi  :)

Comment by Sheila Luecht on December 21, 2012 at 7:11am

We just don't seem to get it in this country. I am beginning to think there is a stream of insanity which manifests itself and is fed probably by corn syrup sweetners....  Anyway, we need gun control, we need it now. When Janet Jackson' boob popped out during a football half time, within 10 days, 10 days Congress was at it, attempting regulations of boobs popping out...I only wish this meant as much to them. Over 400,000 signatures on a white house petition to get meaningful gun control in the US, the most signed petition through the white house system to date, maybe there is hope...

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on December 21, 2012 at 7:15am

I trust so, Sheila, and I thank you for the Ms. Jackson incident comparison. It's devastatingly correct.

Comment by James Mark Emmerling on December 21, 2012 at 7:26am

11. Obama has put Mad Dog Biden in charge of looking into " possible gun control legislation,  mental health and cultural issues, including violent movies and video games."



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