Wednesday, June 15, 2016

GUNS | U.S. Gun Homicides Off the Charts

In 2014 I referenced comparative gun homicide rates among different countries and U.S. states, noting that U.S. gun ownership was highest in the world, but that Switzerland had a high gun ownership and low homicide rate for a reason.  An interesting related chart was just published in The New York Times prepared by Kevin Quealy and Margot Sanger-Katz.
The level of U.S. gunshot homicides,8,124 in 2014, according to the FBI, makes the United States an outlier among advanced countries. The homicides include losses from mass shootings as well as more common single-victim killings.
Gun homicides/day vs. GDP per capita
Homicide numbers are adjusted for population
$40,000
60,000
80,000
100,000
30
25
20
15
10
5
0
G.D.P. per capita
United States
Luxembourg
Norway
Ireland
Austria
Germany
Australia
Canada
Iceland
Finland
Spain
Slovenia
Portugal
Lithuania
Greece