Americans are about 10 times more likely to die from a firearm than the citizens of other developed nations.
This comes according to a study published by the American Journal of Medicine. The study compared gun deaths in the United States with 22 other high-income, developed countries.
A team of researchers from Harvard and the University of Nevada reportedly analyzed data from 2010 recorded by the World Health Organization to reach their conclusions, reports Science Daily.
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According to the study, when compared with their peers in developed countries Americans are “7 times more likely to be violently killed, 25 times more likely to be killed with a gun, and 6 times more likely to be accidentally killed with a gun.”
Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, the authors of the study, wrote in their paper that the study exposes “an enormous firearm problem.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics suggest about the same number of Americans are killed by guns annually as by car crashes, reports The Washington Post.
Over the last 5 years, the gun homicide rate has been relatively constant in the U.S., while the gun suicide rate has reportedly risen since 2010.
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The authors found that while the United States constitutes only half the total population of the 22 other developed countries analyzed in the study, 82 percent of the total gun deaths occurred in the U.S.
The gun violence suffered by younger Americans is particularly high compared to that of the other countries analyzed. Americans aged 15-24 experience a gun homicide rate 49 times higher than that of the other countries.
The authors of the study hold that their results demonstrate the lethal danger posed by firearms in the U.S.
“Overall, our results show that the U.S., which has the most firearms per capita in the world, suffers disproportionately from firearms compared with other high income countries. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that our firearms are killing us rather than protecting us,” Dr. Grinshteyn wrote.