DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA — In the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun violence and ownership have once again taken center stage in public discussions.
According to the UN office on drugs and crime, the U.S. had the highest rate of gun ownership in 2012, with 88 guns for every 100 people. Yemen is second on the list but trails far behind with 54.8 guns.
Results from the 2015 National Firearm Survey revealed that handgun ownership in particular has increased by 70%, from 65 million in 1994 to 111 million in 2015.
America is one of the countries where the right to bear arms is protected by the constitution. It’s also incredibly easy to arm yourself.
In 2007, the Small Arms Survey found that half the world’s civilian-owned guns were in the U.S. Fifty percent of these were owned by a mere 3% of American adults, according to an unpublished survey from Harvard and Northeastern University.
Mass shootings take place in the country more than 11 times as often as other developed nations. One study estimates over 100,000 gunshot victims, and 30,000 gun deaths annually, which totals to $2.8 billion in hospital expenses.