Interesting Infographic on How Guns are Being Used by American Citizens Each Year

by April 29, 2013 04/29/13
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JMD
JMD

MatthewJoeCarr So you believe comparing two countries with significantly different populations is invalid and refute the article by comparing two cities with significantly different populations?   Your choice of Chicago to illustrate gun crime in America is particularly telling.  Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in America.  The fact that it also has one of the highest murder rates further illustrates the futility of most gun control laws. The point of the infographic is that gun control does nothing to deter criminals.  It disarms the law abiding rather than the criminals, leaving the citizens defenseless and the criminals emboldened.  In countries where gun control is so severe that guns are difficult to find even for criminals, they just turn to other methods - knives, bludgeoning, etc. - safe in the knowledge that their victims are completely unarmed.   There are plenty of examples where X country with high gun control has lower crime than Y country with little gun control, but when you aggregate the numbers and look at overall trends, there is a correlation between higher gun ownership and lower crime.  When the citizens are armed, the criminals look for other lines of work.

MatthewJoeCarr
MatthewJoeCarr

wat... the figures are crap... as someone else has mentioned comparing a country of 300 million to one of 70 million is BS... one FACT I can give you is there have been 16 homicides (Gun, knife and other) in all of London a city of 8 million people in the past MONTH, Compare that to Chicago lets say... a City of 3 million people that over 1 weekend this month had 25 gun related homicides (not including others or knives) I mean another weekend had 15 gun related homicides...  A city less than half the size of Englands capital had a murder rate nearly 3x as high? Somethings not looking right there. And after that decade... you'll also notice the same increase in the USA it has sharply dropped off... whereas in the USA it hasn't. Keep fondling your guns 'Murika... least I don't have to worry when I go to the shops that someone batshit insane might turn up and start shooting random people just because.

GarrettCianain
GarrettCianain

@MatthewJoeCarr Civilians can not carry firearms in Chicago, but it also has a ratio of 250 gang members per cop. So Your comparison or your own figures is also incredibly biased.

MatthewJoeCarr
MatthewJoeCarr

wat... the figures are crap... as someone else has mentioned comparing a country of 300 million to one of 70 million is BS... one FACT I can give you is there have been 16 homicides (Gun, knife and other) in all of London a city of 8 million people in the past MONTH, Compare that to Chicago lets say... a City of 3 million people that over 1 weekend this month had 25 gun related homicides (not including others or knives) I mean another weekend had 15 gun related homicides... 

A city less than half the size of Englands capital had a murder rate nearly 3x as high? Somethings not looking right there. And after that decade... you'll also notice the same increase in the USA it has sharply dropped off... whereas in the USA it hasn't.

Keep fondling your guns 'Murika... least I don't have to worry when I go to the shops that someone batshit insane might turn up and start shooting random people just because.

JMD
JMD

@MatthewJoeCarr

So you believe comparing two countries with significantly different populations is invalid and refute the article by comparing two cities with significantly different populations?  

Your choice of Chicago to illustrate gun crime in America is particularly telling.  Chicago has the strictest gun control of any city in America.  The fact that it also has one of the highest murder rates further illustrates the futility of most gun control laws.

The point of the infographic is that gun control does nothing to deter criminals.  It disarms the law abiding rather than the criminals, leaving the citizens defenseless and the criminals emboldened.  In countries where gun control is so severe that guns are difficult to find even for criminals, they just turn to other methods - knives, bludgeoning, etc. - safe in the knowledge that their victims are completely unarmed.  

There are plenty of examples where X country with high gun control has lower crime than Y country with little gun control, but when you aggregate the numbers and look at overall trends, there is a correlation between higher gun ownership and lower crime.  When the citizens are armed, the criminals look for other lines of work.

Josh RR
Josh RR

"God made all men, but Samuel Colt made them equal". Which means without a  gun the stronger and more confident person will win the fight which is normally the aggressor.

Josh RR
Josh RR

"God made all men, but Samuel Colt made them equal". Which means without a  gun the stronger and more confident person will win the fight which is normally the aggressor.  

Sharpie
Sharpie

Honestly, I couldn't care less about suicides, if someone was going to off themselves they would do it with or without a gun.

My uncle shot himself when I was 8, my dads boss hung himself around the same time. The lack of gun didn't prevent him from killing himself now did it?

Ruby
Ruby

May I just say that while everything in this info-graphic is true, it's all relative?

When comparing gun ownership to homicides. how in the world does this have any relation in the statistics used? First of all the gun rate is per 100 people and the homicide rate is per 100 000, a little confusing? Also it isn't homicides with use of guns, it's just homicides. Although the use of guns is quite high in Honduras, however Honduras is a DEVELOPING country, not a developed one. Also while there are approximately 4.8 deaths per 100 000 people in the US, this source doesn't mention the 3.2 of these homicides are committed with the use of firearms.

My second example is how it compares Europe to the US, comparing a continent with the population of 739.2 million with a country that has a population of 311.6 million. While Europe does have 3 of the top 6 mass school shootings, the US alone has 2 of the 6, the largest of any country. When you add up all of firearm related homicides in the continent of America the total is 276.8 people per 100 000, in Europe when you add the total firearm related homicides, it comes to 5.1 per 100 000.

So while all these statistics are technically correct, when comparing them you have to look at everything and not just what you see at first glance.

Ruby
Ruby

May I just say that while everything in this info-graphic is true, it's all relative? When comparing gun ownership to homicides. how in the world does this have any relation in the statistics used? First of all the gun rate is per 100 people and the homicide rate is per 100 000, a little confusing? Also it isn't homicides with use of guns, it's just homicides. Although the use of guns is quite high in Honduras, however Honduras is a DEVELOPING country, not a developed one. Also while there are approximately 4.8 deaths per 100 000 people in the US, this source doesn't mention the 3.2 of these homicides are committed with the use of firearms. My second example is how it compares Europe to the US, comparing a continent with the population of 739.2 million with a country that has a population of 311.6 million. While Europe does have 3 of the top 6 mass school shootings, the US alone has 2 of the 6, the largest of any country. When you add up all of firearm related homicides in the continent of America the total is 276.8 people per 100 000, in Europe when you add the total firearm related homicides, it comes to 5.1 per 100 000. So while all these statistics are technically correct, when comparing them you have to look at everything and not just what you see at first glance.

Crooks
Crooks

Awesome! But just so I know how to explain it to gun-grabbers, how is it that Guns are used in 31,672 Self-Defense Incidents total, but 200,000 Self-Defense Cases against Sexual-Abuse>

James
James

I find it funny that when ever someone opposes a view on ITS that so many viewers mark a negative thumbs down and hide it due to low ratings. There is a lot of truth in what LEO has said. For a website that is opened minded and advocates bringing new ideas to the table and freedom of speech, you sure shut down anybody who does not agree with your point of view. One more thing, your first statistic about " homicide+accident+suicide vs self defense " could not be more wrong. If you take the number of suicides by guns, homicides by guns, be it a legal weapon or not, and accidents, it far exceeds the number of self defense cases nation wide. I am a big advocate for personal firearms but false statistics are not the way to prove a point. That is another problem with statistics, many times they are biased to a cause and record one variable more than another.

halderon
halderon

After spending 32yrs. in Law Enforcement, I am glad to see that the info gram shows the real statistics on guns. Police One.com, of which I am a member showed the majority of Officers voting for more effective control than background checks. I have handled murder cases-most done in the Heat of the Moment-but the key to these mass murders seems to be accurate communications with Mental Health organizations. As a former Crisis Worker, I am aware of the amount of people that should be referred to the Police,but can't be because of the confidentiality of Mental Health. We have to work this out together. We are in it together-no gun fires itself-people pull triggers. If we did away with all guns,would we confiscate all bows and arrows? How about knives? Call your Congressman-tell him where the real problem is-and change bad laws to good laws-it is our salvation-and the salvation of our way of life.

Mustang
Mustang

One statistic that is frequently left out, and unfortunately not tracked as much as it should be, is the "Aggravated assault mortality rate", in other words, how many people die as a result of being shot? With the advances in field-grade medical support, reductions in medical transport times, and the general improvement in emergency trauma care, there are far more people surviving gun shot wounds these days.

As such, while gun-related homicides would appear to be on the decline, I suspect that what is actually occurring that aggravated assaults are on the increase, while deaths attributable to those incidents are declining.

In other words, the world is NOT getting safer, we are just in a better place to survive being shot.

Mustang

Mustang
Mustang

One statistic that is frequently left out, and unfortunately not tracked as much as it should be, is the "Aggravated assault mortality rate", in other words, how many people die as a result of being shot? With the advances in field-grade medical support, reductions in medical transport times, and the general improvement in emergency trauma care, there are far more people surviving gun shot wounds these days. As such, while gun-related homicides would appear to be on the decline, I suspect that what is actually occurring that aggravated assaults are on the increase, while deaths attributable to those incidents are declining. In other words, the world is NOT getting safer, we are just in a better place to survive being shot. Mustang

Smith
Smith

The Gabby Giffords mass shooting did not happen in a gun free zone, that is the only exception to the rule that I've heard of. The chart needs to be corrected for accuracy.

Steve B.
Steve B.

Great info post! It is always intriguing to me that info like this never circulated in the media during the more frenzied times in the gun control debate.

Leo
Leo

Wow, certainly are a lot of very enlightening facts here.... however, a lot of them are half-truths, while others are flat out not true. You can, in fact, own a handgun in the United Kingdom, just it has to be over a certain length and other requirements. In addition, there are more overall proportionally more violent crimes in the UK than in America per year, but there are also significantly fewer homicides, and very few are the result of guns. Lastly, with regards to the first statistic, that may be true as far as incidents, but I do believe (correct me if I'm wrong) that were are far more fatalities as a result of accidents, suicides, etc. than there are from self-defense. It's not just the crime... it's also about mortality. Still, quite intriguing, keep it up.

Casey
Casey

I really like this infographic, but its a little unfair to correlate the "error rate" of police versus armed citizens. An armed citizen doesn't have the responsibility of spending 40 hours a week responding to police calls for service. When you consider that hundreds of police calls occur every day where police draw their weapons, and that an armed citizen is exposed to a violent encounter maybe once in their lifetime, those stats become incomparable. I would also guess, that since the reference to this statistic is from 1993, with the introduction of Tasers, the police "error rate" is considerably lower now.

Otherwise, fucking great.

Casey
Casey

I really like this infographic, but its a little unfair to correlate the "error rate" of police versus armed citizens. An armed citizen doesn't have the responsibility of spending 40 hours a week responding to police calls for service. When you consider that hundreds of police calls occur every day where police draw their weapons, and that an armed citizen is exposed to a violent encounter maybe once in their lifetime, those stats become incomparable. I would also guess, that since the reference to this statistic is from 1993, with the introduction of Tasers, the police "error rate" is considerably lower now. Otherwise, fucking great.

Peter W.
Peter W.

Casey... Take note that the error rate is expressed as a percentage, not raw figure. This IS the valid way to make the comparison, and yes.... a policeman IS more likely to shoot the "wrong" person in a violent confrontation. The reason for this is not as you state, but because the police are far more likely to arrive after the confrontation has developed, they have not had the luxury of watching it happen from the start, are far less likely to know all the players involved,,, and have a greater need to "control" the situation, rather than just preventing harm. These are reasonable excuses (mostly) for police errors, but the stat is still valid evidence that armed citizens are not unsafe.

Bill Smerdon
Bill Smerdon

This should but front page news and the lead story on every network!

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