U.S. gun violence vs. other high-income countries

This article reports findings from a study of gun-related deaths in affluent countries. It found that the U.S., “despite having only half the population of the other twenty-two high-income nations combined, accounted for 82 percent of all firearm deaths,” and “Americans 15 to 24 years of age are 49 times more likely to die from firearm homicide compared to similarly aged young people in other high-income nations.”

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One Response to “U.S. gun violence vs. other high-income countries”

  1. Ashley Says:

    As reflected below, one of the study’s author’s has a perspective on gun ownership that makes me wonder if he’s more of an advocate than a researcher.

    “Hemenway appeared at a forum hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation and made the following statement in April 2013, “Instead of it being the mark of a real man that you can shoot somebody at 50 feet and kill them with a gun, the mark of a real man is that you would never do anything like that. . . . The gun is a great equalizer because it makes wimps as dangerous as people who really have skill and bravery and so I’d like to have this notion that anyone using a gun is a wuss. They aren’t anybody to be looked up to. They’re somebody to look down at because they couldn’t defend themselves or couldn’t protect others without using a gun.” (Hemenway, David. “Gun Violence: Harvard School of Public Health on Research Around Preventing Violence”. Webcast. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2013)

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