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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

Albania 65.9 56 1.76 70 8.6 270,000
Algeria 4.8 20 0.06 78 7.6 1,900,000
Angola 34 17.3 2,800,000
Anguilla 24 1 7.14
Argentina 52 1,198 3.02 62 10.2 3,950,000
Armenia 13 9 0.29 52 12.5 380,000
Australia 11.5 30 0.14 42 15 3,050,000
Austria 29.5 18 0.22 14 30.4 2,500,000
Azerbaijan 6.5 11 0.12 115 3.5 290,000
Bahamas 61.2 52 15.37 98 5.3 17,000
Bahrain 0 0 0 18 24.8 180,000
Bangladesh 43.6 1,456 1.12 169 0.5 700,000
Barbados 40 8 2.99 76 7.8 21,000
Belarus 2.5 12 0.12 79 7.3 710,000
Belgium 39.5 70 0.68 34 17.2 1,800,000
Belize 52.3 68 21.82 62 10 29,000
Benin 137 1.4 120,000
Bermuda 0 0 0
Bhutan 115 3.5 22,000
Bolivia 119 2.8 260,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24.7 18 0.48 34 17.3 675,000
Botswana 102 4.9 87,000
Brazil 70.8 34,678 18.1 75 8 14,840,000
Brunei 0 0 0 137 1.4 5,400
Bulgaria 29.7 51 0.67 88 6.2 480,000
Burkina Faso 149 1.1 148,000
Burundi 145 1.2 200,000
Cambodia 36.7 187 1.44 109 4.3 600,000
Cameroon 119 2.8 340,000
Canada 32 173 0.51 13 30.8 9,950,000
Cape Verde 96 5.4 9,500
Central African Republic 153 1 40,000
Chad 149 1.1 109,000
Chile 37.3 353 2.16 59 10.7 1,750,000
China 102 4.9 40,000,000
Colombia 81.1 12,539 27.09 91 5.9 2,700,000
Comoros 127 1.8 11,000
Congo 122 2.7 100,000
Congo, Dem Rep 33.2 248 1.56 137 1.4 800,000
Costa Rica 57.3 201 4.59 64 9.9 430,000
Côte d´Ivoire 124 2.4 400,000
Croatia 34.7 17 0.39 26 21.7 950,000
Cuba 4.4 27 0.24 104 4.8 545,000
Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
Czech Republic 11 20 0.19 38 16.3 1,600,000
Denmark 31.9 15 0.27 54 12 650,000
Djibouti 119 2.8 22,000
Dominican Republic 65.5 1,618 16.3 99 5.1 450,000
East Timor 177 0.3 3,000
Ecuador 68.7 1,790 12.73 142 1.3 370,000
Egypt 69.1 453 0.57 115 3.5 1,900,000
El Salvador 76.9 2,446 39.9 92 5.8 400,000
England and Wales 6.6 41 0.07 88 6.2 3,400,000
Equatorial Guinea 29 19.9 100,000
Eritrea 169 0.5 20,000
Estonia 3.9 3 0.24 65 9.2 123,000
Ethiopia 174 0.4 320,000
Fiji 169 0.5 4,000
Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
France 9.6 35 0.06 12 31.2 19,000,000
Gabon 46 14 190,000
Gambia 157 0.8 123,000
Georgia 13.3 24 0.55 79 7.3 330,000
Germany 26.3 158 0.19 15 30.3 25,000,000
Ghana 174 0.4 80,000
Greece 34.9 29 0.26 23 22.5 2,500,000
Grenada 0 0 0
Guatemala 84 5,009 34.81 49 13.1 1,650,000
Guinea 145 1.2 110,000
Guinea-Bissau 129 1.6 25,000
Guyana 61.3 85 11.46 45 14.6 110,000
Haiti 164 0.6 190,000
Honduras 83.4 5,201 68.43 88 6.2 500,000
Hong Kong 0 0 0
Hungary 5 7 0.07 93 5.5 560,000
Iceland 0 0 0 15 30.3 90,000
India 7.6 3,093 0.26 110 4.2 46,000,000
Indonesia 169 0.5 1,000,000
Iran 79 7.3 3,500,000
Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
Ireland 42 21 0.48 70 8.6 360,000
Israel 11.7 6 0.09 79 7.3 500,000
Italy 66.7 417 0.71 55 11.9 7,000,000
Jamaica 75.6 1,080 39.4 74 8.1 215,000
Japan 1.8 11 0.01 164 0.6 710,000
Jordan 38.8 26 0.49 58 11.5 630,000
Kazakhstan 12.5 210 1.34 142 1.3 200,000
Kenya 86 6.4 740,000
Korea, North 164 0.6 130,000
Korea, South 1.7 14 0.03 149 1.1 510,000
Kosovo 30 19.5 415,000
Kuwait 18 24.8 630,000
Kyrgyzstan 8.3 28 0.54 156 0.9 45,000
Laos 145 1.2 71,000
Latvia 4.6 5 0.22 32 19 280,000
Lebanon 36.5 31 0.76 28 21 750,000
Lesotho 122 2.7 47,000
Liberia 13.2 17 0.43 129 1.6 51,000
Libya 40 15.5 900,000
Liechtenstein 100 1 2.82
Lithuania 2.5 6 0.18 160 0.7 135,000
Luxembourg 42.9 3 0.62 41 15.3 70,000
Macedonia 62.5 25 1.21 20 24.1 490,000
Madagascar 157 0.8 150,000
Malawi 160 0.7 92,000
Malaysia 13.4 64 0.24 133 1.5 370,000
Maldives 62.5 5 1.63 85 6.5 21,000
Mali 149 1.1 143,000
Malta 0 0 0 55 11.9 48,000
Mauritania 129 1.6 50,000
Mauritius 2 1 0.1 44 14.7 180,000
Mexico 54.9 11,309 9.97 42 15 15,500,000
Moldova 3.3 8 0.22 83 7.1 300,000
Monaco 0 0 0
Mongolia 1.4 3 0.11 126 1.9 50,000
Montenegro 21 23.1 150,000
Morocco 101 5 1,500,000
Mozambique 99 5.1 1,000,000
Myanmar 111 4 2,000,000
Namibia 51 12.6 260,000
Nepal 13.3 84 0.3 159 0.8 205,000
Netherlands 30.7 55 0.33 112 3.9 510,000
New Zealand 13.5 7 0.16 22 22.6 925,000
Nicaragua 42.1 338 5.92 77 7.7 395,000
Niger 160 0.7 93,000
Nigeria 133 1.5 2,000,000
Northern Ireland 4.5 5 0.28 25 21.9 380,000
Norway 8.1 2 0.05 11 31.3 1,400,000
Oman 17 25.4 650,000
Pakistan 57 11.6 18,000,000
Panama 75 569 16.18 26 21.7 700,000
Papua New Guinea 145 1.2 71,000
Paraguay 56.1 466 7.35 37 17 1,000,000
Peru 50.8 757 2.63 33 18.8 750,000
Philippines 49.9 7,349 8.93 105 4.7 3,900,000
Poland 7.1 35 0.09 142 1.3 510,000
Portugal 33.8 44 0.41 72 8.5 900,000
Puerto Rico 94.8 692 18.3
Qatar 16.7 1 0.14 31 19.2 520,100
Romania 1.3 5 0.02 160 0.7 160,000
Russia 68 8.9 12,750,000
Rwanda 164 0.6 58,000
Saint Kitts and Nevis 85 17 32.44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 30 6 5.49
Saudi Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
Scotland 93 5.5 280,000
Senegal 125 2 230,000
Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
Seychelles 96 5.4 4,600
Sierra Leone 87.7 128 2.28 164 0.6 34,000
Singapore 5.9 1 0.02 169 0.5 22,000
Slovakia 11.2 10 0.18 73 8.3 450,000
Slovenia 15.4 2 0.1 47 13.5 270,000
Solomon Islands 0 0 0 174 0.4 1,800
Somalia 66 9.1 750,000
South Africa 45 8,319 17.03 50 12.7 5,950,000
Spain 21.8 90 0.2 61 10.4 4,500,000
Sri Lanka 21.1 291 1.48 133 1.5 300,000
Sudan 93 5.5 2,000,000
Suriname 48 13.4 60,000
Swaziland 86 6.4 72,000
Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
Syria 112 3.9 735,000
Taiwan 15.9 128 0.56 106 4.4 725,000
Tajikistan 15.6 15 0.22 153 1 65,000
Tanzania 137 1.4 550,000
Thailand 39 15.6 10,000,000
Togo 153 1 60,000
Trinidad and Tobago 72.1 365 27.31 129 1.6 21,000
Tunisia 178 0.1 9,000
Turkey 16.9 535 0.77 52 12.5 9,000,000
Turkmenistan 2.4 5 0.1 114 3.8 180,000
Uganda 10.5 280 0.87 137 1.4 400,000
Ukraine 4.5 100 0.22 84 6.6 3,100,000
United Arab Emirates 24 22.1 1,000,000
United States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
Uzbekistan 133 1.5 1,200,000
Venezuela 79.5 11,115 38.97 59 10.7 2,850,000
Vietnam 52.9 834 0.99 128 1.7 1,100,000
West Bank & Gaza 72.4 105 2.95 118 3.4 125,000
Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
Zambia 11.7 28 0.35 68 8.9 230,000
Zimbabwe 65.6 598 4.78 106 4.4

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

Albania 65.9 56 1.76 70 8.6 270,000
Algeria 4.8 20 0.06 78 7.6 1,900,000
Angola 34 17.3 2,800,000
Anguilla 24 1 7.14
Argentina 52 1,198 3.02 62 10.2 3,950,000
Armenia 13 9 0.29 52 12.5 380,000
Australia 11.5 30 0.14 42 15 3,050,000
Austria 29.5 18 0.22 14 30.4 2,500,000
Azerbaijan 6.5 11 0.12 115 3.5 290,000
Bahamas 61.2 52 15.37 98 5.3 17,000
Bahrain 0 0 0 18 24.8 180,000
Bangladesh 43.6 1,456 1.12 169 0.5 700,000
Barbados 40 8 2.99 76 7.8 21,000
Belarus 2.5 12 0.12 79 7.3 710,000
Belgium 39.5 70 0.68 34 17.2 1,800,000
Belize 52.3 68 21.82 62 10 29,000
Benin 137 1.4 120,000
Bermuda 0 0 0
Bhutan 115 3.5 22,000
Bolivia 119 2.8 260,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina 24.7 18 0.48 34 17.3 675,000
Botswana 102 4.9 87,000
Brazil 70.8 34,678 18.1 75 8 14,840,000
Brunei 0 0 0 137 1.4 5,400
Bulgaria 29.7 51 0.67 88 6.2 480,000
Burkina Faso 149 1.1 148,000
Burundi 145 1.2 200,000
Cambodia 36.7 187 1.44 109 4.3 600,000
Cameroon 119 2.8 340,000
Canada 32 173 0.51 13 30.8 9,950,000
Cape Verde 96 5.4 9,500
Central African Republic 153 1 40,000
Chad 149 1.1 109,000
Chile 37.3 353 2.16 59 10.7 1,750,000
China 102 4.9 40,000,000
Colombia 81.1 12,539 27.09 91 5.9 2,700,000
Comoros 127 1.8 11,000
Congo 122 2.7 100,000
Congo, Dem Rep 33.2 248 1.56 137 1.4 800,000
Costa Rica 57.3 201 4.59 64 9.9 430,000
Côte d´Ivoire 124 2.4 400,000
Croatia 34.7 17 0.39 26 21.7 950,000
Cuba 4.4 27 0.24 104 4.8 545,000
Cyprus 26.3 5 0.46 6 36.4 275,000
Czech Republic 11 20 0.19 38 16.3 1,600,000
Denmark 31.9 15 0.27 54 12 650,000
Djibouti 119 2.8 22,000
Dominican Republic 65.5 1,618 16.3 99 5.1 450,000
East Timor 177 0.3 3,000
Ecuador 68.7 1,790 12.73 142 1.3 370,000
Egypt 69.1 453 0.57 115 3.5 1,900,000
El Salvador 76.9 2,446 39.9 92 5.8 400,000
England and Wales 6.6 41 0.07 88 6.2 3,400,000
Equatorial Guinea 29 19.9 100,000
Eritrea 169 0.5 20,000
Estonia 3.9 3 0.24 65 9.2 123,000
Ethiopia 174 0.4 320,000
Fiji 169 0.5 4,000
Finland 19.8 24 0.45 4 45.3 2,400,000
France 9.6 35 0.06 12 31.2 19,000,000
Gabon 46 14 190,000
Gambia 157 0.8 123,000
Georgia 13.3 24 0.55 79 7.3 330,000
Germany 26.3 158 0.19 15 30.3 25,000,000
Ghana 174 0.4 80,000
Greece 34.9 29 0.26 23 22.5 2,500,000
Grenada 0 0 0
Guatemala 84 5,009 34.81 49 13.1 1,650,000
Guinea 145 1.2 110,000
Guinea-Bissau 129 1.6 25,000
Guyana 61.3 85 11.46 45 14.6 110,000
Haiti 164 0.6 190,000
Honduras 83.4 5,201 68.43 88 6.2 500,000
Hong Kong 0 0 0
Hungary 5 7 0.07 93 5.5 560,000
Iceland 0 0 0 15 30.3 90,000
India 7.6 3,093 0.26 110 4.2 46,000,000
Indonesia 169 0.5 1,000,000
Iran 79 7.3 3,500,000
Iraq 8 34.2 9,750,000
Ireland 42 21 0.48 70 8.6 360,000
Israel 11.7 6 0.09 79 7.3 500,000
Italy 66.7 417 0.71 55 11.9 7,000,000
Jamaica 75.6 1,080 39.4 74 8.1 215,000
Japan 1.8 11 0.01 164 0.6 710,000
Jordan 38.8 26 0.49 58 11.5 630,000
Kazakhstan 12.5 210 1.34 142 1.3 200,000
Kenya 86 6.4 740,000
Korea, North 164 0.6 130,000
Korea, South 1.7 14 0.03 149 1.1 510,000
Kosovo 30 19.5 415,000
Kuwait 18 24.8 630,000
Kyrgyzstan 8.3 28 0.54 156 0.9 45,000
Laos 145 1.2 71,000
Latvia 4.6 5 0.22 32 19 280,000
Lebanon 36.5 31 0.76 28 21 750,000
Lesotho 122 2.7 47,000
Liberia 13.2 17 0.43 129 1.6 51,000
Libya 40 15.5 900,000
Liechtenstein 100 1 2.82
Lithuania 2.5 6 0.18 160 0.7 135,000
Luxembourg 42.9 3 0.62 41 15.3 70,000
Macedonia 62.5 25 1.21 20 24.1 490,000
Madagascar 157 0.8 150,000
Malawi 160 0.7 92,000
Malaysia 13.4 64 0.24 133 1.5 370,000
Maldives 62.5 5 1.63 85 6.5 21,000
Mali 149 1.1 143,000
Malta 0 0 0 55 11.9 48,000
Mauritania 129 1.6 50,000
Mauritius 2 1 0.1 44 14.7 180,000
Mexico 54.9 11,309 9.97 42 15 15,500,000
Moldova 3.3 8 0.22 83 7.1 300,000
Monaco 0 0 0
Mongolia 1.4 3 0.11 126 1.9 50,000
Montenegro 21 23.1 150,000
Morocco 101 5 1,500,000
Mozambique 99 5.1 1,000,000
Myanmar 111 4 2,000,000
Namibia 51 12.6 260,000
Nepal 13.3 84 0.3 159 0.8 205,000
Netherlands 30.7 55 0.33 112 3.9 510,000
New Zealand 13.5 7 0.16 22 22.6 925,000
Nicaragua 42.1 338 5.92 77 7.7 395,000
Niger 160 0.7 93,000
Nigeria 133 1.5 2,000,000
Northern Ireland 4.5 5 0.28 25 21.9 380,000
Norway 8.1 2 0.05 11 31.3 1,400,000
Oman 17 25.4 650,000
Pakistan 57 11.6 18,000,000
Panama 75 569 16.18 26 21.7 700,000
Papua New Guinea 145 1.2 71,000
Paraguay 56.1 466 7.35 37 17 1,000,000
Peru 50.8 757 2.63 33 18.8 750,000
Philippines 49.9 7,349 8.93 105 4.7 3,900,000
Poland 7.1 35 0.09 142 1.3 510,000
Portugal 33.8 44 0.41 72 8.5 900,000
Puerto Rico 94.8 692 18.3
Qatar 16.7 1 0.14 31 19.2 520,100
Romania 1.3 5 0.02 160 0.7 160,000
Russia 68 8.9 12,750,000
Rwanda 164 0.6 58,000
Saint Kitts and Nevis 85 17 32.44
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 30 6 5.49
Saudi Arabia 7 35 6,000,000
Scotland 93 5.5 280,000
Senegal 125 2 230,000
Serbia 33.1 45 0.46 5 37.8 3,050,000
Seychelles 96 5.4 4,600
Sierra Leone 87.7 128 2.28 164 0.6 34,000
Singapore 5.9 1 0.02 169 0.5 22,000
Slovakia 11.2 10 0.18 73 8.3 450,000
Slovenia 15.4 2 0.1 47 13.5 270,000
Solomon Islands 0 0 0 174 0.4 1,800
Somalia 66 9.1 750,000
South Africa 45 8,319 17.03 50 12.7 5,950,000
Spain 21.8 90 0.2 61 10.4 4,500,000
Sri Lanka 21.1 291 1.48 133 1.5 300,000
Sudan 93 5.5 2,000,000
Suriname 48 13.4 60,000
Swaziland 86 6.4 72,000
Sweden 33.9 37 0.41 10 31.6 2,800,000
Switzerland 72.2 57 0.77 3 45.7 3,400,000
Syria 112 3.9 735,000
Taiwan 15.9 128 0.56 106 4.4 725,000
Tajikistan 15.6 15 0.22 153 1 65,000
Tanzania 137 1.4 550,000
Thailand 39 15.6 10,000,000
Togo 153 1 60,000
Trinidad and Tobago 72.1 365 27.31 129 1.6 21,000
Tunisia 178 0.1 9,000
Turkey 16.9 535 0.77 52 12.5 9,000,000
Turkmenistan 2.4 5 0.1 114 3.8 180,000
Uganda 10.5 280 0.87 137 1.4 400,000
Ukraine 4.5 100 0.22 84 6.6 3,100,000
United Arab Emirates 24 22.1 1,000,000
United States 60 9,146 2.97 1 88.8 270,000,000
Uruguay 46.5 93 2.8 9 31.8 1,100,000
Uzbekistan 133 1.5 1,200,000
Venezuela 79.5 11,115 38.97 59 10.7 2,850,000
Vietnam 52.9 834 0.99 128 1.7 1,100,000
West Bank & Gaza 72.4 105 2.95 118 3.4 125,000
Yemen 2 54.8 11,500,000
Zambia 11.7 28 0.35 68 8.9 230,000
Zimbabwe 65.6 598 4.78 106 4.4 400,000

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