8 Facts About America’s Gun Problem That Make Us Look Like a Bunch of Savages (VIDEO)

gun videoWith every mass shooting, the issue of gun control in America becomes increasingly urgent, with politicians and the public alike calling out for reform that will put a stop to the violence. And yet, nothing seems to change -- and it's worse in the US than literally every other developed country on the planet. But why are there so many gun deaths here, and why can't we seem to do anything about it?


A new video, "America's Gun Problem, Explained in 18 Charts," breaks down the issue in a way that anybody can understand, with hard and fast facts that are impossible to ignore -- and many of them might surprise you. For example:

1. America has a much higher rate of gun violence than any other developed country in the world.

The US has "nearly six times the gun homicide rate as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and nearly 16 times as Germany," according to UN data. These deaths contribute to America's much higher overall homicide rate than that of other developed nations.

2. America has the highest number of privately owned guns in the world. 

As of 2007, the estimated number of civilian-owned firearms in the US was 88.8 guns per 100 people (that's almost one privately owned gun per American and more than one per American adult). Coming in second? War-riddled Yemen, with 4.8 guns per 100 people.

3. More guns = More gun deaths

Even allowing for "variables such as socioeconomic factors and other crime," all the research says the same thing: Places with more guns have more gun deaths. Seems obvious, right?

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4. Americans support gun restrictions, but the laws don't.

Even though research shows that most Americans want such gun control measures in place as background checks, bans on assault-style weapons, bans on high-capacity ammunition clips, bans on online sales of ammunition, and a federal gun sale database, many Americans also want to protect their right to own guns -- and this contradictory interest often prevents laws from being passed.

5. America's gun lobby is extremely powerful.

The National Rifle Association is extremely powerful, and its influence over conservative politics can't be underestimated; many gun control bills have been killed as a result of the NRA's rallying gun owners to oppose them.

6. Mass shootings are actually only a small portion of gun violence in the US.

While mass shootings are horrible and get the most press, they're responsible for only a fraction of American gun deaths every year; for example, about 500 people died in mass shootings in 2013, but there were over 11,200 gun homicides and almost 21,200 firearm suicides.

7. Guns contribute to domestic violence.

In a survey of battered women, 71.4 percent of participants said that guns had been used against them; a study comparing abused women who survived with those who died at the hands of their abuser found that there were guns in the homes of 51 percent of women who were killed.

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8. Suicide is more common where there are guns.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, states with higher rates of gun ownership have higher rates of gun suicides, and suicide attempts are more likely to be successful in homes where there are guns. 

And that's just for starters. Check out this unforgettable video to find out more:


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