Interesting Facts about Gun Ownership in the United States

Interesting Facts about Gun Ownership in the United States

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The Las Vegas shooting that killed about 58 people and injured over 500 people was a massive massive shooting rampage.

The shooting lasted approximately 10-15 minutes was conducted by Stephen Paddock from 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay resort and Casino hotel. Aimed at about 22 thousand people a country music concert audience.

The freedom of possession of weapons in the United States (US) is protected by the US constitution which reads "A well regulated militia becomes necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Second Amendment. The free translation is "Well-regulated militia is essential to maintaining the security of a state, the right to own and carry weapons should not be limited"

This is still a debate in the US, whether it is still relevant in the present. Given this "Second Amendment" was added in 1791 to the US constitution.

The US is the country with the highest number of firearms per capita in the world. This means that if all firearms in the US divided by the population then the result is every 100 residents have 89 pieces of firearms.

48% of firearms possessed by civilians, exist in the US. With a total of about 310 million pieces (2009 report data from the National Institute of Justice). India occupies the second position with about 46 million firearms owned by civilians.

About 40% of US citizens live in houses with firearms.

The reason for the majority of firearms in the US is to defend themselves

In a survey conducted by Gallup (a US survey agency) said that 55% of US citizens want to tighten the rules of ownership of firearms.

Mass shooting turned out to increase the sale of firearms. Seen from the increased permit application to the FBI to have weapons.

More people are killed by gun violence in the US than terrorism.The US is the country with the greatest number of mass shootings in the world.

A reflection that needs to be done by US citizens, whether the frequent mass shootings are enough reasons to tighten the rules of gun ownership?

Reference

How US Gun Culture compare with the world (CNN.com)
8 Charts that explain America's Gun Culture (CNN.com)
US Gun Violence: The Story in Charts and Graphs (CNN.com)
Second Amendment to the United States Constitution (wikipedia)
Las Vegas Shooting: What We know (CNN.com)

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