"Based on consolidated information from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there are about 300 millions guns in the United States. […] As of 2009, the report states, “the estimated total number of firearms available to civilians in the United States had increased to approximately 310 million: 114 million handguns, 110 million rifles, and 86 million shotguns.”" [X]
In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour.
73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.
Firearms were the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010, following poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.
Between 1955 and 1975, the Vietnam War killed over 58,000 American soldiers – less than the number of civilians killed with guns in the U.S. in an average two-year period.
In the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War, over 4,400 American soldiers were killed. Almost as many civilians are killed with guns in the U.S., however, every seven weeks.
Guns were used in 11,078 homicides in the U.S. in 2010, comprising almost 35% of all gun deaths, and over 68% of all homicides.
On average, 33 gun homicides were committed each day for the years 2005-2010.
Regions and states with higher rates of gun ownership have significantly higher rates of homicide than states with lower rates of gun ownership.
Where guns are prevalent, there are significantly more homicides, particularly gun homicides.
i think the problem is that we don’t have enough guns in this country. we need more guns, and all the guns we can have and they need to be evenly distributed to every single person in this country including children and babies and dogs and cats too and other pets. for pets maybe the gun could be modified to be mounted somehow, on the backs maybe? yeah guns, give them all guns including those who live here temporarily or are undocumented or permanently, and even those that come here on tour or vacation or for business. yeah even tourists, we can make this work with customs too, as soon a tourist lands at jfk or some other international airport in america, when they go thru customs just have customs hand them a handgun, you know for rent for use, just for the duration of the time they intend to stay inside america. and when they leave the tsa can collect it on their way out. they could even monetize it if they want, say if a tourist wants a bigger gun they can pay for an upgrade. yeah, we need more guns in america… hey, i just thought of something: more guns equal more shootings, more shootings means we need more bullets too. i wonder who manufactures bullets in america… hmm…