Monday numbers

By: - July 30, 2012 7:32 am

88—number of guns in the United States for every 100 people (“Time to face facts in gun control, Fareed Zakaria, CNN, July 27, 2012)

1—rank of United States for the number of guns per 100 people (Ibid)

2—rank of Yemen for the number of guns per 100 people (Ibid)

54—number of guns in Yemen for every 100 people (Ibid)

5—percentage of the world’s population that lives in the United States (Ibid)

50—percentage of the world’s guns that are in the United States (Ibid)

3—number of gun homicides in the United States for every 100,000 people (Ibid)

20—number by which rate of gun homicides in the U.S. is greater than rate in Australia and England (Ibid)

13—percent decline in overall murder rate in United States from 2000-2009 (Ibid)

0—decrease in gun homicide rates in United States from 2000-2009 (Ibid)

20—increase in serious but non-fatal gun injuries during assaults from 2000-2009(Ibid)

10.3—number of deaths in the Unites States due to injuries by firearms in 2008 per 100,000 people (, Kaiser Family Foundation)

12.5—number of deaths in North Carolina due to injuries by firearms in 2008 per 100,000 people (Ibid)

10—years since President George W. Bush said “A teenager is more likely to die from a gunshot than from all natural causes of death combined. This is unacceptable in America.” (Inside Straw Purchasing: How Criminals Get Guns Illegally, Mayors Against Illegal Guns)

6—number of days between deaths of a North Carolina child seventeen or younger killed by a gun in a homicide, suicide, or unintentional shooting. (NC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 2006)

12—number of times higher the firearm death rate in the U.S. for children 14 and younger is higher than the combined rate in 25 other modern industrialized nations. (North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, National Center for Injury Control & Prevention, 2003)

22—number of times that guns kept in the home for self-protection are more likely to kill a family member or friend than to kill an assailant in self-defense. (North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, Kellerman, Journal, Trauma, 1998)

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