Washington versus the world.. Records for carrying arms

Washington versus the world.. Records for carrying arms
Washington versus the world.. Records for carrying arms
Updated Tuesday 1/24/2023 06:01 PM Abu Dhabi time

Americans have achieved record numbers in carrying weapons, unlike the rest of the world, as they consider it a “sacred right” stipulated in the country’s constitution.

Pervasive gun violence in the United States has left few places untouched over the past decades such as Monterey Park, Atlanta, Orlando, Las Vegas, Newtown, Parkland, San Bernardino, and Uvalde.

However, many Americans still cling to their right to bear arms, which is enshrined in the Constitution, as a “sacred right,” according to CNN.

But critics of the Second Amendment say that right threatens another, the right to life.

America’s relationship with gun ownership is unique, and gun culture has a global exception.

And with the number of gun-related deaths on the rise, here’s a look at gun culture in the United States compared to the rest of the world.

Firearms ownership

The United States is the only country where civilian-owned weapons outnumber people.

According to the “CNN” network, quoting the “Small Arms Research” project, based in Switzerland, there are 120 weapons for 100 Americans, and there is no other country with more civilian-owned weapons than humans.

The Falkland Islands has the second largest stockpile of privately owned weapons.

But with an estimated 62 guns per 100 people, its gun ownership rate is roughly half that of the United States.

However, according to the American network, it is difficult to calculate the exact number of weapons owned by civilians due to several factors – including unregistered weapons, illegal trade, and global conflict.

Researchers with the Small Arms Research Project estimate that Americans own 393 million of the 857 million civilian weapons available, which represents about 46 percent of the world’s civilian weapons stockpile.

About 44% of American adults live in a home with a gun, and about a third own one personally, according to a Gallup poll in October 2020.

Some countries have a high rate of gun ownership due to illegal stockpiles from past conflicts or the absence of restrictions on ownership, but the United States is one of the countries in the world where carrying (or keeping) weapons is a constitutional right, according to University of Texas assistant professor Zachary Elkins.

However, the rate of gun ownership in Guatemala and Mexico is one tenth of the United States.

However, according to Zakhary, the debate over weapons in these two countries is less influenced by politics.

In contrast to the United States, the constitutions in Guatemala and Mexico facilitate regulation, and lawmakers have more leeway to restrict gun ownership, especially given concerns about organized crime. In Mexico, there is only one gun store in the entire country – and it is controlled by the military.


In the United States, there is an increase in the manufacture of firearms, as more Americans buy guns.


In 2018, the gun industry produced 9 million firearms in the country — more than double what was manufactured in 2008, according to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Most recently, January 2021 represented the largest annual increase since 2013 in applications for federal background checks required to purchase a gun — up nearly 60% from January 2020.

And in March 2021, the FBI reported conducting about 4.7 million background checks — the most since the agency began tracking more than 20 years ago.

In 2019, the number of gun violence deaths in the United States was about 4 per 100,000 people.

This is 18 times the average in other developed countries, according to CNN.

Several studies show that having access to a gun contributes to higher rates of firearm-related homicides.

About a third of American adults believe crime rates would be lower if more people owned guns, according to a Pew survey in April 2021.

However, several studies show that wherever people have access to firearms, gun-related deaths tend to be more frequent, including suicide, combat, and unintentional injuries.

Unsurprisingly, the United States has more rates of gun violence than any other developed country per capita: the rate in the United States is eight times higher than that of Canada, which has the seventh highest rate of gun ownership in the world; It is 22 times higher than in the European Union, and 23 times higher in Australia, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

According to the institute, the rate of gun-related homicides in Washington, D.C. — the highest of any other US state or territory — is close to levels in Brazil, which ranks sixth in the world for gun-related homicides.

Globally, countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest rates of gun-related homicides, with El Salvador, Venezuela, Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras topping the lists.

But what exacerbates gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean is the weapons that come from the United States.

About 200,000 firearms are transported from America across the Mexican border, according to a report issued by the US government in February 2021, citing the Mexican government.

According to “CNN”, no developed country has shooting incidents of the same magnitude or frequency as in the United States, noting that half of the developed countries witnessed at least one mass shooting incident from 1998 and 2019.

But no other country has had more than eight accidents over the course of 22 years, while the United States has seen more than 100 – with nearly 2,000 people killed or injured.

The regular shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon. The United States is the only developed country where mass shootings have occurred every year for the past 20 years, according to an assistant professor at William Peterson University.



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