Gun Violence: How The U.S. Compares To Other Countries

Last weekend’s electrocute in Las Vegas is usually a latest sign of a determined gun assault in a United States. And a new set of statistics on a rates of gun assault not associated to dispute underscores usually how outsize U.S. rates of gun deaths are compared to those in most of a rest of a world.

Take countries with a tip indicators of socioeconomic success — income per chairman and normal preparation level, for instance. The United States ranks ninth in a universe among them, bested usually by a likes of Denmark, Norway, a Netherlands, Iceland, Canada and Finland.

Yet while those countries all also suffer low rates of gun violence, a U.S. has a 31st top rate in a world: 3.85 deaths due to gun assault per 100,000 people in 2016. That was 8 times aloft than a rate in Canada, that had .48 deaths per 100,000 people — and 27 times aloft than a one in Denmark, that had .14 deaths per 100,000.

The numbers comes from a vast database confirmed by a University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) that marks lives mislaid in each country, in each year, by each probable means of death. The total for 2016 were expelled usually final month. As in prior years a information paints a sincerely flushed design for most of a world, with deaths due to gun assault singular even in many countries that are intensely bad — such as Bangladesh and Laos, that saw .16 deaths and .13 deaths respectively per 100,000 people.

Prosperous Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan exaggerate a comprehensive lowest rates, yet a United Kingdom and Germany are in roughly as good shape.

“It is a small startling that a nation like ours should have this turn of gun violence,” says Ali Mokdad, a highbrow of tellurian health and epidemiology during a IHME. “If we review us to other affluent countries we unequivocally mount out.”


To be sure, there are utterly a few countries where gun assault is a roughly incomparable problem than in a United States — quite in Central America and a Caribbean. Mokdad says a vital motorist is a vast participation of gangs and drug trafficking. “The gangs and drug traffickers quarrel among themselves to get some-more territory, and they quarrel a police,” says Mokdad. And adults who are not concerned are mostly held in a crossfire.


Mokdad pronounced drug trafficking might also be a pushing cause in dual Asian countries that have scarcely vast rates of aroused gun deaths for their region: a Philippines and Thailand.


With a casualties due to armed conflicts factored out, even in conflict-ridden regions such as a Middle East, a United States rate is worse than all though one country: Iraq.


The U.S. gun assault genocide rate is also aloft than scarcely all countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, including many that are among a world’s poorest.


One some-more approach to cruise this data: The IHME also estimates what it would design a country’s rate of gun assault deaths to be formed usually on a socioeconomic status. By that measure, a U.S. should usually be saying .79 deaths per 100,00 people — roughly 5 times reduction than a tangible rate of 3.85 deaths per 100,000.