Domestic gun ownership around the world
May 25, 2022 - An average of 124 Americans died from gun violence every day in 2020 -- up 15 per cent from 2019 -- the highest level ever recorded, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions.
Gun violence in the U.S. surged in 2020 as the country grappled with the Covid-19 pandemic, deep political divisions and social unrest, and social isolation.
Using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mortality data, the analysis revealed that overall firearm-related deaths increased by 15 per cent in 2020 to 45,222, the highest number ever recorded by the CDC since it began tracking firearm deaths in 1968.
The figure includes 4,368 young people who died from gun-related injuries -- an average of 12 children and teenagers every day.
As America grieves its latest mass shooting, the U.S. Department of Justice reports that domestic firearms makers produced over 139 million guns for the commercial market between 2000-2020.
The United States is the only nation where civilian guns outnumber people. With 120.5 firearms per 100 people, the U.S. has the highest rate of civilian gun ownership -- more than double that of the Falkland Islands and Yemen, the second and third-placed countries combined.
U.S. deaths from gun violence are about four per 100,000 people, eight times greater than Canada’s, with the seventh-highest gun ownership rate.
In 1996, a shooting in a school in Dunblane, Scotland, killed 16 children and their teacher. The government banned all privately-owned handguns within a year, which gave Britain some of the world’s strictest gun laws.
After Australia’s worst mass shooting, the federal government banned rapid-fire rifles and shotguns. In the next ten years, gun deaths in Australia fell by more than 50%. In New Zealand, gun laws were tightened after the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings, banning all military-style semi-automatic weapons.
- New Report Highlights U.S. 2020 Gun-Related Deaths (Johns Hopkins)
- Gun ownership by country (Small Arms Survey)
- Gun Ownership by Country 2022 (World Population Review)
- Global firearms holdings (Small Arms Survey)
- Licensed Manufacturing of Firearms and Ammunition in the United States (U.S. Justice Department)