Curious Case of Guns in America: A Quantitative Analysis

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According to CNN, America’s POPULATION accounts to only 5% of the world population but owns 50% of the Guns on Earth.

Lets watch this video of President Obama, the handsome dude in America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yca-uwxCsWg

This was delivered recently when there was another mass shooting in America.

This made me look up on internet about figures when I saw his pensive face and felt bad. I googled and soon got all the facts.United States has  a population of around 300 million and has roughly about the same number of weapons.

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Deaths of Americans in War
Revolutionary War 4435
War of 1812 2260
Mexican War 13283
Civil War (Union and Confederate, estimate) 750000
Spanish-American War 2446
World War I 116516
World War II 405399
Korean War 36574
Vietnam War 58220
Persian Gulf War 383
Total (excluding war on terror) 1389516
Afghanistan War 2363
Iraq War 4492
Other wars (includes Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Somalia and Haiti) 362
Total death in war of terror  7217

 

Total Deaths in War  1396733

Deaths of Americans due to Guns 1968-2015 

The data for Gun deaths incl. suicides is available from 1968 onwards

Years Firearm-related deaths
1968 to 1980 377000
1981 to 1998 620525
1999 to 2013 464033
2014(estimated based on rate from 2011-2013) 33183
2015 22122
Total  1516863

Total number of American Deaths more by guns = 1516863 – 1396733= 120130

 

120130 more American have died due to Guns since 1968 than by war..If we extrapolate data before 1968 then number might be in multiples of 10x or more.  7217 Americans died in War on Terror which includes WTC attack, a USD 2 trillion war which has killed or displaced  more than 10,00,000 people in Asia. 

In 2013 according to CDC data, 63 percent of gun-related deaths were from suicides, 33 percent were from homicides, and roughly 1 percent each were from accidents, legal interventions and undetermined causes.

Source: http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2015/aug/27/nicholas-kristof/more-americans-killed-guns-1968-all-wars-says-colu/

Injury is the leading cause of death for persons aged 1-44 years in the United States. More than half (55%) of all injury-related deaths are caused by motor vehicles and firearms

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00023655.htm

Source: Wikipedia for the graph below

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 Year      Deaths by Terrorism       Gun homicide deaths Total
2001       2689 11348 14037
2002        25 11829 11854
2003        35 11920 11955
2004         74 11624 11698
2005         56 12352 12408
2006         28 12791 12819
2007         19 12632 12651
2008         33 12179 12212
2009         9 11493 11502
2010         15 11078 11093
2011          17 11101 11118

Gun lobby uses the second amendment to justify unregulated gun access in America.
new_guns_630_0228The 2nd Amendment states;
 “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Much has been written about it. The amendment was passed in bill of rights around  1791.  At that point of time there was no police or state cover and with colonies far apart, civilians were prone to rogues creating havoc and turmoil in the system.Civilization was just taking its modern roots in America and therefore may then a right to arms was necessary.

However today we have a well regulated police department for which Americans pay billions of dollars in taxes, the right to self defense is not applicable as there is no well regulated militia. It’s been more than 200 years since the amendment was passed and a lot has changed since then. A path of extremes only brings misery and it is advisable to follow the middle path.

 

4821d9657The fig. clearly shows that Guns cause more deaths between ages 15-24 which shows that during these years people are very impressionable and more prone to arguments. Therefore in fights which could settle by physical means are usually closed by guns

Over 8,00,000 people die due to suicides every year..one death every 40 seconds. People argue that suicides will anyway happen regardless of guns.But look at Australia which implement very strict gun laws and brought down suicides drastically.   “Tightened legislation in Australia after the 1996 Port Arthur massacre banned semi-automatic rifles and pump-action shotguns. Owners of firearms must provide a reason to obtain these. The country has had no mass shooting since the legislation went into effect. Most important, suicides by guns, which cause 60 percent of adult firearm deaths, declined in Australia after the legislation.” Refer The Big Melt by Philip Alpers on the transformation in Australia. 

“Pesticides, hanging and firemans are the most common methods used for suicide used globally..WHO”

CANADA also in North America, is a paragon of peace and harmony since it has tough gun control laws. “Canada requires third-party character references for gun ownership, and officials conduct interviews with an applicant’s spouse, partner, or next of kin before issuing a license. That’s before the person is required to pass a firearm safety and law class and take a practical training course. Gun-owners are required to reapply and re-quality for their licenses every five years.”

Source: https://nelsnewday.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/archie-andrews-one-of-2014-gun-statistics/

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I will leave the rest to President Obama and Americans. The writing is there on the wall, nothing more has to be said or written and hope sense prevails..

Remains to be seen if President Obama can cement his legacy and become a great dude like Abraham Lincoln.

Americans have to take into account that they are trend setter and therefore should also own accountability and responsibility for their actions. It’s time America innovated in the right spirit and direction.

I had intended to write a big case on this but I guess so much has been written that it is pointless. Rest my case and hope everythings turns out well for America and the world.

Reads: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/09/mass-shootings-investigationhttp

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/02/assault-weapons-high-capacity-magazines-mass-shootings-feinstein

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