The U.S. has the highest rate of firearm deaths among 25 high-income nations.1 Another study concluded that among 36 high-income and upper-middle-income countries, the U.S. has the highest overall gun mortality rate.2

The overall firearm-related death rate among U.S. children under the age of 15 is nearly 12 times higher than that among children in 25 other industrialized nations combined.3

The firearm-related suicide rate for children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old in the United States is nearly 11 times higher than that in 25 other developed countries.4

Americans own far more civilian firearms – particularly handguns – than people in other industrialized nations and U.S. gun laws are among the most lax in the world.5

  1. Wendy Cukier and Victor Sidel, The Global Gun Epidemic: From Saturday Night Specials to AK-47s, 17 (2006). ⤴︎
  2. Etienne G. Krug, Kenneth E. Powell & Linda L. Dahlberg, Firearm-Related Deaths in the United States and 35 Other High- and Upper-Middle Income Countries, 27 Int’l J. Epidemiology 214 (1998). ⤴︎
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, Rates of Homicide, Suicide, and Firearm-Related Death Among Children – 26 Industrialized Countries (Feb. 7, 1997), at ⤴︎
  4. Id. ⤴︎
  5. Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Small Arms Survey 2007: Guns and the City at 39 (Aug. 2007). Cukier et al., supra note 1, at 131 (“While gun control is extremely controversial in the United States, with opposition to even basic regulations such as licensing and registration, a review of legislation around the world shows that the norms in most countries, both industrialized and developing, are to strictly regulate civilian possession of firearms.”). See also David Hemenway, Private Guns, Public Health 197-202 (2004). For a simple, relevant comparison: For the period 2006/2007, England and Wales experienced 59 gun homicides, which were 8% of all homicides. Home Office Statistical Bulletin 03/08 – Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence 2006/07 (Supplementary Volume 2 to Crime in England and Wales 2006/07) 12, 46, available at ⤴︎