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This statistic on gun violence floored me

Last year nearly 18,000 people died in the world from terrorism. This was a record high.

That figure includes all deaths by explosives along with every other means terrorists use to commit violence. This statistic also includes the entire world population of 7 billion people. It tracks violence in war zones, failed states and other troubled places where no real government exists, let alone regulations.

From 2000-2010, about 335,000 Americans died from firearms.

That means that the worst ever year for terrorism, which includes all terrorist violence, throughout the entire globe of 7 billion people, cost a little more than half as many lives as guns cost during an average year in one country, which happens to be the richest country in the world and an ostensibly functioning democracy.

I wrote this a few weeks back about why things have to change in America. It doesn’t have to be this way.

4 Comments


  1. Abraham Collins

    November 18, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Not all gun violence is bad. If an intruder breaks and enters my home and threatens the life of my family I have the right to shoot and kill him. This will add 1 more to your gun violence statistic. By trying to eliminate that one you try to put my family in mortal danger. No thanks.

    Gun violence is not terrorism.

  2. love my state

    November 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

    ooooooh the big bad intruder coming for your stuff… and actually yes, gun violence is terrorism.

  3. Jdberger

    November 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    More than 60% of the US deaths by gunshot are suicides. Of the remainder, more than 80% are related to drug and gang (often both) activity. In fact, we’re one to exclude inner city violence, the US would have roughly the same “gun death” rate as Belgium.

  4. Geoff

    November 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Firearm deaths are not even in the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. Google leading cause of death in the U.S. Medical mistakes top the list.

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