Saturday, April 6, 2013

A Brainiac quickie

Brainiac after his last hillwalk. You have been warned! 

TOS: So Softcock claims there were about 5,000 murders by firearms in the U.S. last year. Everyone else said it had to be more. Is it?

Brainiac: It is. Depending on who you listen to, it was between 9,000 (FBI) and 11,000 (CDC). What's interesting is that it was only about half the number of U.S. suicides by firearms. Also, it was surpassed by two other countries, Colombia and Venezuela. And in fact for the last year in which data were available, three other countries had more gun murders as well: Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand (yeah baby!). As in so many other fields, the U.S. is clearly losing its edge.

The best summary of how gun violence in the U.S. stacks up to the rest of the world is here.

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