30 December 2013

Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the US

And since we are touching the topic of guns, here are some facts about guns, taken from is a recent article from the Washington Post.
  1. Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States. 
  2. 15 of the 25 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States. In second place is Finland, with two entries.
  3. [Wrong info]
  4. Of the 11 deadliest shootings in the US, five have happened from 2007 onward.
  5. America is an unusually violent country. But we're not as violent as we used to be.
  6. The South is the most violent region in the United States.
  7. Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall.
  8. More guns tend to mean more homicide.
  9. States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence.
  10. Gun control, in general, has not been politically popular.
  11. But particular policies to control guns often are.
  12. Shootings don't tend to substantially affect views on gun control.

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