Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville

Gun ownership is more concentrated in the US than in any other nation

10.2 per 10,000

America’s population leads the rest of the world in concentrated gun ownership, a critical metric other nations suppress in an attempt to curb mass shootings.

Published   |  Photo by Reuters/John Sommers II
Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville
10.2 per 10,000

Research shows that countries with fewer guns have lower homicide rates. Even within the US, individual states with fewer guns have fewer homicides.

Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville
10.2 per 10,000

In America, the death rate from firearms is 10.2 per 10,000 people. Finland is the next closest at 3.6 deaths per 10,000. Most nations come in at 2 or fewer deaths per 10,000.

Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville
10.2 per 10,000

In a landmark 2002 study, analysis of data from 1988 to 1997 showed that states with “high” gun ownership had three times the rate of homicide than states with less concentrated guns.

Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville
10.2 per 10,000

Brannan Ganas looks over guns at the Barrett Firearms booth at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings and exhibits show in Louisville
10.2 per 10,000

Ten years later, a study found that every percentage point increase in gun ownership led to a 0.9% higher risk of gun homicide.

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