International Gun Policies And The United States: Some Numbers

Our Monday, December 14 program on how and why gun deaths around the world are relatively minuscule in comparison with those in the United States was our attempt to get at the ongoing gun debate in a new and creative way. But since so many of you calling in and writing online wondered about the numbers cited by our guests and in our framing, we thought it might be helpful to share a few stats and charts from around the web here.

A profoundly useful series of articles over at Vox provides this startling graphic representation of 'Homicides by firearm per 1 million people' — meaning that the population disparities between the United States and our significantly lesser-populated neighbor Canada or fellow developed nation Australia are taken into account when discussing death by firearm.


The Washington Post's WonkBlog also provided a sobering look at the number of mass shootings in the United States in 2015 (per a tweeted question during our broadcast today, defined as 'four or more victims in a shooting, including the shooter').


Obviously, charts and graphics only tell part of any story. But we think these resources — and more besides at the links provided above — can help explain some of the the statistics and policy conversations discussed during our conversation with Wendy Cukier, Rebecca Peters and Robert Spitzer.


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