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Guns in the US

The statistics behind the violence

Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.
Source: Mass Shooting Tracker

School shootings: There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but noone was hurt.
Source: Everytown for Gun Safety Research

All shootings: Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured [those figures exclude suicide]. Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted.
Source: Gun Violence Archive

How the US compares: The number of gun murders per capita in the US in 2012 - the most recent year for comparable statistics - was nearly 30 times that in the UK, at 2.9 per 100,000 compared with just 0.1.
Of all the murders in the US in 2012, 60% were by firearm compared with 31% in Canada, 18.2% in Australia, and just 10% in the UK.
Source: UNODC

Homicide Rate: USA, Canada, Australia, UK Comparison

The home front: So many people die annually from gunfire in the US that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 eclipses all wars ever fought by the country. According to research by PolitiFact, there were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in that period, compared with 1.2 million US deaths in every conflict from the War of Independence to Iraq.
Source: PolitiFact

According to figures from the US Department of Justice and the Council on Foreign Affairs, 11,385 people died on average annually in firearm incidents in the US between 2001 and 2011.

In the same period, an average of 517 people were killed annually in terror-related incidents. Removing 2001, when 9/11 occurred, from the calculation produces an annual average of just 31.

US Gun and Terrorism Deaths Comparison

3-26-17 Ohio nightclub shooting: One dead, 15 injured in gunfight
Ohio nightclub shooting: One dead, 15 injured in gunfight
One person has been killed and 15 others injured in a shooting at the Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati, Ohio. A "dispute" between several men escalated into a gunfight in the crowded venue, Police Chief Eliot Isaac said. A 27-year-old man died in the incident, which occurred early on Sunday. There was no indication the shooting was terrorism-related, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley said at a news conference. He went on: "However, to the victims, what difference does it make?" Police Chief Isaac said a "couple of hundred people" were inside the "very large establishment" when the incident occurred. "Several local men got into some kind of dispute inside the bar and it escalated into shots being fired from several individuals," he said. (Webmaster's comment: A great idea. Give everyone lots of guns and let them settle disputes by shooting it out, and killing lots of innocent bystanders. What a STUPID, STUPID Libertarian idea!)

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Guns in the US
The statistics behind the violence