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Prescription Drugs kill more people than guns in the US

After nearly a week of the main-stream media going on and on about how guns are so dangerous, here are the  statics of gun deaths by country and the statics of Prescription Medication deaths in the United States.

How does the US really compare on firearms deaths on a global scale?  The world’s crime figures are collected by the UNODC through its annual crime survey. It has a special section of data on firearm homicides – and provides detailed information by size of population and compared to other crimes. It is not a perfect dataset – some key nations are missing from the data, including Russia, China and Afghanistan. But it does include the US, UK and many other developed nations.Guns kill less than prescription drugs

The Small Arms Survey is also useful – although it is from 2007, it collates civilian gun ownership rates for 178 countries around the world, and has ‘normalised’ the data to include a rate per 100,000 population.

The Data shows that l

Less than 5% of the world’s population, the United States is home to roughly 35–50 per cent of the world’s civilian-owned guns.

 

The Facts are:

• The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world – an average of 88 per 100 people. That puts it first in the world for gun ownership – and even the number two country, Yemen, has significantly fewer – 54.8 per 100 people
• Honduras is first for number of murders using a gun

US is number 28 in the world, with a rate of 2.97 per 100,000 people

Per the Center for Disease Control

Prescription drugs kill an average of 36000 people annually compared to estimated 9,800 gun related deaths.

Prescription drugs account for nearly 435,000 Emergency Room visits annually

 

 

Gun murders and ownership

Country
% of homicides by firearm
Number of homicides by firearm
Homicide by firearm rate per 100,000 pop
Rank by rate of ownership
Average firearms per 100 people
Average total all civilian firearms

SOURCES: UNODC & Small arms survey

Albania65.9561.76708.6270,000
Algeria4.8200.06787.61,900,000
Angola3417.32,800,000
Anguilla2417.14
Argentina521,1983.026210.23,950,000
Armenia1390.295212.5380,000
Australia11.5300.1442153,050,000
Austria29.5180.221430.42,500,000
Azerbaijan6.5110.121153.5290,000
Bahamas61.25215.37985.317,000
Bahrain0001824.8180,000
Bangladesh43.61,4561.121690.5700,000
Barbados4082.99767.821,000
Belarus2.5120.12797.3710,000
Belgium39.5700.683417.21,800,000
Belize52.36821.82621029,000
Benin1371.4120,000
Bermuda000
Bhutan1153.522,000
Bolivia1192.8260,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina24.7180.483417.3675,000
Botswana1024.987,000
Brazil70.834,67818.175814,840,000
Brunei0001371.45,400
Bulgaria29.7510.67886.2480,000
Burkina Faso1491.1148,000
Burundi1451.2200,000
Cambodia36.71871.441094.3600,000
Cameroon1192.8340,000
Canada321730.511330.89,950,000
Cape Verde965.49,500
Central African Republic153140,000
Chad1491.1109,000
Chile37.33532.165910.71,750,000
China1024.940,000,000
Colombia81.112,53927.09915.92,700,000
Comoros1271.811,000
Congo1222.7100,000
Congo, Dem Rep33.22481.561371.4800,000
Costa Rica57.32014.59649.9430,000
Côte d´Ivoire1242.4400,000
Croatia34.7170.392621.7950,000
Cuba4.4270.241044.8545,000
Cyprus26.350.46636.4275,000
Czech Republic11200.193816.31,600,000
Denmark31.9150.275412650,000
Djibouti1192.822,000
Dominican Republic65.51,61816.3995.1450,000
East Timor1770.33,000
Ecuador68.71,79012.731421.3370,000
Egypt69.14530.571153.51,900,000
El Salvador76.92,44639.9925.8400,000
England and Wales6.6410.07886.23,400,000
Equatorial Guinea2919.9100,000
Eritrea1690.520,000
Estonia3.930.24659.2123,000
Ethiopia1740.4320,000
Fiji1690.54,000
Finland19.8240.45445.32,400,000
France9.6350.061231.219,000,000
Gabon4614190,000
Gambia1570.8123,000
Georgia13.3240.55797.3330,000
Germany26.31580.191530.325,000,000
Ghana1740.480,000
Greece34.9290.262322.52,500,000
Grenada000
Guatemala845,00934.814913.11,650,000
Guinea1451.2110,000
Guinea-Bissau1291.625,000
Guyana61.38511.464514.6110,000
Haiti1640.6190,000
Honduras83.45,20168.43886.2500,000
Hong Kong000
Hungary570.07935.5560,000
Iceland0001530.390,000
India7.63,0930.261104.246,000,000
Indonesia1690.51,000,000
Iran797.33,500,000
Iraq834.29,750,000
Ireland42210.48708.6360,000
Israel11.760.09797.3500,000
Italy66.74170.715511.97,000,000
Jamaica75.61,08039.4748.1215,000
Japan1.8110.011640.6710,000
Jordan38.8260.495811.5630,000
Kazakhstan12.52101.341421.3200,000
Kenya866.4740,000
Korea, North1640.6130,000
Korea, South1.7140.031491.1510,000
Kosovo3019.5415,000
Kuwait1824.8630,000
Kyrgyzstan8.3280.541560.945,000
Laos1451.271,000
Latvia4.650.223219280,000
Lebanon36.5310.762821750,000
Lesotho1222.747,000
Liberia13.2170.431291.651,000
Libya4015.5900,000
Liechtenstein10012.82
Lithuania2.560.181600.7135,000
Luxembourg42.930.624115.370,000
Macedonia62.5251.212024.1490,000
Madagascar1570.8150,000
Malawi1600.792,000
Malaysia13.4640.241331.5370,000
Maldives62.551.63856.521,000
Mali1491.1143,000
Malta0005511.948,000
Mauritania1291.650,000
Mauritius210.14414.7180,000
Mexico54.911,3099.97421515,500,000
Moldova3.380.22837.1300,000
Monaco000
Mongolia1.430.111261.950,000
Montenegro2123.1150,000
Morocco10151,500,000
Mozambique995.11,000,000
Myanmar11142,000,000
Namibia5112.6260,000
Nepal13.3840.31590.8205,000
Netherlands30.7550.331123.9510,000
New Zealand13.570.162222.6925,000
Nicaragua42.13385.92777.7395,000
Niger1600.793,000
Nigeria1331.52,000,000
Northern Ireland4.550.282521.9380,000
Norway8.120.051131.31,400,000
Oman1725.4650,000
Pakistan5711.618,000,000
Panama7556916.182621.7700,000
Papua New Guinea1451.271,000
Paraguay56.14667.3537171,000,000
Peru50.87572.633318.8750,000
Philippines49.97,3498.931054.73,900,000
Poland7.1350.091421.3510,000
Portugal33.8440.41728.5900,000
Puerto Rico94.869218.3
Qatar16.710.143119.2520,100
Romania1.350.021600.7160,000
Russia688.912,750,000
Rwanda1640.658,000
Saint Kitts and Nevis851732.44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines3065.49
Saudi Arabia7356,000,000
Scotland935.5280,000
Senegal1252230,000
Serbia33.1450.46537.83,050,000
Seychelles965.44,600
Sierra Leone87.71282.281640.634,000
Singapore5.910.021690.522,000
Slovakia11.2100.18738.3450,000
Slovenia15.420.14713.5270,000
Solomon Islands0001740.41,800
Somalia669.1750,000
South Africa458,31917.035012.75,950,000
Spain21.8900.26110.44,500,000
Sri Lanka21.12911.481331.5300,000
Sudan935.52,000,000
Suriname4813.460,000
Swaziland866.472,000
Sweden33.9370.411031.62,800,000
Switzerland72.2570.77345.73,400,000
Syria1123.9735,000
Taiwan15.91280.561064.4725,000
Tajikistan15.6150.22153165,000
Tanzania1371.4550,000
Thailand3915.610,000,000
Togo153160,000
Trinidad and Tobago72.136527.311291.621,000
Tunisia1780.19,000
Turkey16.95350.775212.59,000,000
Turkmenistan2.450.11143.8180,000
Uganda10.52800.871371.4400,000
Ukraine4.51000.22846.63,100,000
United Arab Emirates2422.11,000,000
United States609,1462.97188.8270,000,000
Uruguay46.5932.8931.81,100,000
Uzbekistan1331.51,200,000
Venezuela79.511,11538.975910.72,850,000
Vietnam52.98340.991281.71,100,000
West Bank & Gaza72.41052.951183.4125,000
Yemen254.811,500,000
Zambia11.7280.35688.9230,000
Zimbabwe65.65984.781064.4

Gun murders and ownership

 

Country
% of homicides by firearm
Number of homicides by firearm
Homicide by firearm rate per 100,000 pop
Rank by rate of ownership
Average firearms per 100 people
Average total all civilian firearms

SOURCES: UNODC & Small arms survey

Albania65.9561.76708.6270,000
Algeria4.8200.06787.61,900,000
Angola3417.32,800,000
Anguilla2417.14
Argentina521,1983.026210.23,950,000
Armenia1390.295212.5380,000
Australia11.5300.1442153,050,000
Austria29.5180.221430.42,500,000
Azerbaijan6.5110.121153.5290,000
Bahamas61.25215.37985.317,000
Bahrain0001824.8180,000
Bangladesh43.61,4561.121690.5700,000
Barbados4082.99767.821,000
Belarus2.5120.12797.3710,000
Belgium39.5700.683417.21,800,000
Belize52.36821.82621029,000
Benin1371.4120,000
Bermuda000
Bhutan1153.522,000
Bolivia1192.8260,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina24.7180.483417.3675,000
Botswana1024.987,000
Brazil70.834,67818.175814,840,000
Brunei0001371.45,400
Bulgaria29.7510.67886.2480,000
Burkina Faso1491.1148,000
Burundi1451.2200,000
Cambodia36.71871.441094.3600,000
Cameroon1192.8340,000
Canada321730.511330.89,950,000
Cape Verde965.49,500
Central African Republic153140,000
Chad1491.1109,000
Chile37.33532.165910.71,750,000
China1024.940,000,000
Colombia81.112,53927.09915.92,700,000
Comoros1271.811,000
Congo1222.7100,000
Congo, Dem Rep33.22481.561371.4800,000
Costa Rica57.32014.59649.9430,000
Côte d´Ivoire1242.4400,000
Croatia34.7170.392621.7950,000
Cuba4.4270.241044.8545,000
Cyprus26.350.46636.4275,000
Czech Republic11200.193816.31,600,000
Denmark31.9150.275412650,000
Djibouti1192.822,000
Dominican Republic65.51,61816.3995.1450,000
East Timor1770.33,000
Ecuador68.71,79012.731421.3370,000
Egypt69.14530.571153.51,900,000
El Salvador76.92,44639.9925.8400,000
England and Wales6.6410.07886.23,400,000
Equatorial Guinea2919.9100,000
Eritrea1690.520,000
Estonia3.930.24659.2123,000
Ethiopia1740.4320,000
Fiji1690.54,000
Finland19.8240.45445.32,400,000
France9.6350.061231.219,000,000
Gabon4614190,000
Gambia1570.8123,000
Georgia13.3240.55797.3330,000
Germany26.31580.191530.325,000,000
Ghana1740.480,000
Greece34.9290.262322.52,500,000
Grenada000
Guatemala845,00934.814913.11,650,000
Guinea1451.2110,000
Guinea-Bissau1291.625,000
Guyana61.38511.464514.6110,000
Haiti1640.6190,000
Honduras83.45,20168.43886.2500,000
Hong Kong000
Hungary570.07935.5560,000
Iceland0001530.390,000
India7.63,0930.261104.246,000,000
Indonesia1690.51,000,000
Iran797.33,500,000
Iraq834.29,750,000
Ireland42210.48708.6360,000
Israel11.760.09797.3500,000
Italy66.74170.715511.97,000,000
Jamaica75.61,08039.4748.1215,000
Japan1.8110.011640.6710,000
Jordan38.8260.495811.5630,000
Kazakhstan12.52101.341421.3200,000
Kenya866.4740,000
Korea, North1640.6130,000
Korea, South1.7140.031491.1510,000
Kosovo3019.5415,000
Kuwait1824.8630,000
Kyrgyzstan8.3280.541560.945,000
Laos1451.271,000
Latvia4.650.223219280,000
Lebanon36.5310.762821750,000
Lesotho1222.747,000
Liberia13.2170.431291.651,000
Libya4015.5900,000
Liechtenstein10012.82
Lithuania2.560.181600.7135,000
Luxembourg42.930.624115.370,000
Macedonia62.5251.212024.1490,000
Madagascar1570.8150,000
Malawi1600.792,000
Malaysia13.4640.241331.5370,000
Maldives62.551.63856.521,000
Mali1491.1143,000
Malta0005511.948,000
Mauritania1291.650,000
Mauritius210.14414.7180,000
Mexico54.911,3099.97421515,500,000
Moldova3.380.22837.1300,000
Monaco000
Mongolia1.430.111261.950,000
Montenegro2123.1150,000
Morocco10151,500,000
Mozambique995.11,000,000
Myanmar11142,000,000
Namibia5112.6260,000
Nepal13.3840.31590.8205,000
Netherlands30.7550.331123.9510,000
New Zealand13.570.162222.6925,000
Nicaragua42.13385.92777.7395,000
Niger1600.793,000
Nigeria1331.52,000,000
Northern Ireland4.550.282521.9380,000
Norway8.120.051131.31,400,000
Oman1725.4650,000
Pakistan5711.618,000,000
Panama7556916.182621.7700,000
Papua New Guinea1451.271,000
Paraguay56.14667.3537171,000,000
Peru50.87572.633318.8750,000
Philippines49.97,3498.931054.73,900,000
Poland7.1350.091421.3510,000
Portugal33.8440.41728.5900,000
Puerto Rico94.869218.3
Qatar16.710.143119.2520,100
Romania1.350.021600.7160,000
Russia688.912,750,000
Rwanda1640.658,000
Saint Kitts and Nevis851732.44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines3065.49
Saudi Arabia7356,000,000
Scotland935.5280,000
Senegal1252230,000
Serbia33.1450.46537.83,050,000
Seychelles965.44,600
Sierra Leone87.71282.281640.634,000
Singapore5.910.021690.522,000
Slovakia11.2100.18738.3450,000
Slovenia15.420.14713.5270,000
Solomon Islands0001740.41,800
Somalia669.1750,000
South Africa458,31917.035012.75,950,000
Spain21.8900.26110.44,500,000
Sri Lanka21.12911.481331.5300,000
Sudan935.52,000,000
Suriname4813.460,000
Swaziland866.472,000
Sweden33.9370.411031.62,800,000
Switzerland72.2570.77345.73,400,000
Syria1123.9735,000
Taiwan15.91280.561064.4725,000
Tajikistan15.6150.22153165,000
Tanzania1371.4550,000
Thailand3915.610,000,000
Togo153160,000
Trinidad and Tobago72.136527.311291.621,000
Tunisia1780.19,000
Turkey16.95350.775212.59,000,000
Turkmenistan2.450.11143.8180,000
Uganda10.52800.871371.4400,000
Ukraine4.51000.22846.63,100,000
United Arab Emirates2422.11,000,000
United States609,1462.97188.8270,000,000
Uruguay46.5932.8931.81,100,000
Uzbekistan1331.51,200,000
Venezuela79.511,11538.975910.72,850,000
Vietnam52.98340.991281.71,100,000
West Bank & Gaza72.41052.951183.4125,000
Yemen254.811,500,000
Zambia11.7280.35688.9230,000
Zimbabwe65.65984.781064.4400,000

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