Globalist Report
by Andrew Puhanic

gun posterTHE debate over whether or not Governments should tighten gun control laws around the world has escalated to the point were the lines between fact and fiction are more blurred than ever.

The following 50 random facts about Guns, Gun Control and Gun Violence has been put together to provide you with an alternative view about the truth behind the gun control debate.

Some points are pro-guns, while others are anti-guns. Either way, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you believe governments should restrict the sale of guns.

Fact#1: In the United States of America, there were 3.59 gun murders per 100,000 people. This is the lowest it has even been since 1981 (Source: FactCheck.org)

Fact#2: In 2011, the firearms industry had a $31.8 billion impact on the US economy last year, up from $27.8 billion in 2009 (Source: Huffington Post)

Fact#3: Only 1.1% of background checks, a mandatory requirement of purchasing a firearm in the United States of America, were denied between 1994 and 2009 (Source: Business Insider)

Fact#4: Since 1982, there have been more than 60 mass murders carried out with firearms across the US, with killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. In most cases, the killers had obtained their weapons legally (Source: Washington Post)

Fact#5: In the United States, prisoners who committed their offence while in the possession of a firearm, on average received sentences of 18 years or more. Prisoners who committed their offence while not in possession of a weapon had an average sentence of 12 years. (Source: US Department of Justice)

Fact#6: After the gun buy back scheme in Australia following the massacre in Port Arthur Tasmania, the largest falls in firearm deaths occurred in states where more firearms were bought back. (Source: Do Gun Buybacks Save Lives? Evidence from Panel Data)

Fact#7: Immediately after the Australian Governments gun buy back scheme, accidental deaths caused by guns fell. However, 3 years later, that figure leveled out and then began to rise. (Source: gunsandcrime.org)

Fact#8: Australian Citizens do not, and never had, a constitutional right to own firearms. In fact, hand-gun ownership was restricted to certain groups who needed a gun for occupational reasons (Source: Snopes)

Fact#9: Countries and States with relaxed gun laws have lower rates of crime. According to FBI data, U.S. murders dropped nearly 40% to 14,478 in 2010 — a significant drop from 23,440 in 1990 — even as the overall population grew by 24 percent! (Source: Gun Owners of America)

Fact#10: In Australia, deaths caused by Guns has fallen from 324 in 2000 to 231 in 2010. However, during the same period suicide rates had only fallen from 2363 in 2000 to 2191 in 2008 (Source: http://www.gunpolicy.org)

Fact#11: Within four years, gun ownership in the United States of America exploded by 60.8% between 2007 and 2011 (Source: FactCheck.org)

Fact#12: In Australia, Applicants for a gun owner’s licence in Australia are required to prove genuine reason to possess a firearm, for example, hunting, target shooting, collection, pest control and narrow occupational uses (Source: http://www.gunpolicy.org)

Fact#13: Nations with stringent anti-gun laws generally have substantially higher murder rates than those that do not. The study found that the nine European nations with the lowest rates of gun ownership (5,000 or fewer guns per 100,000 population) have a combined murder rate three times higher than that of the nine nations with the highest rates of gun ownership (at least 15,000 guns per 100,000 population). (Source: American Civil Rights Union)

Fact#14: Guns prevent an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year or 6,849 every day (Source: Targeting Guns, Dr. Gary Kleck, Criminologist, Florida State University, Aldine, 1997 )

Fact#15: 12 billion bullets are produced every year (Source: Amnesty International)

Fact#16: The murder rates in many nations (such as England) were already low before enacting gun control. (Source: Gun Owners of America)

Fact#17: Civilians own approximately 650 million firearms worldwide, roughly 75 per cent of the known total. Civilians in the United States own some 270 million of these. (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#18: In Japan, almost no one owns a gun. Most kinds are illegal, with onerous restrictions on buying and maintaining the few that are allowed. (Source: the atlantic)

Fact#19: In 2004 / 2005, Brazil destroyed 443,719 civilian firearms (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#20: Did you know that the United States of America rates 28th in the world for gun murders. Honduras rates number 1 (Source: Voice of America)

Fact#21: In 1942, Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to permit the conquered Eastern peoples to have arms. History teaches that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by doing so.” (Source: The Propaganda Professor)

Fact#22: In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated (Source: The Gun Zone)

Fact#23: Historians have pointed out, however, that the preceding democratic Weimar Republic already had restrictive gun laws, which were actually liberalised by the Nazis when they came to power (Source: Wikipedia)

Fact#24: Between 2004 and 2005 when gun controls were introduced in South Africa and 2011 / 2012,  gun-related crimes have decreased by 21.2%. (Source: Africa Check)

Fact#25: 3,500,000 Iranian civilians possess guns and the rate of private gun ownership in Iran is 7.32 firearms per 100 people. (Source: Al Arabiya News)

Fact#26: In Australia between years 2002 and 2003, more than 85% of firearms that were used to commit murder were unregistered (Source: SSAA)

Fact#27: According to the 2007 Small Arms Survey, of the Middle East nations, Yemen is the third country, Saudi Arabia is 6th, Iraq is 7th, Oman is 17th, Bahrain and Kuwait share the 18th place, United Arab Emirates is 24th, Qatar is 31st, Iran is 79th and Egypt is 115th. (Source: Al Arabiya News)

Fact#28: In a study of gun ownership in selected nations, Canada’s level of gun ownership (21.8%) was similar to France’s (23.8%) and Sweden’s (16.6%). (Source: Royal Canadian Mounted Police)

Fact#29: In Canada, gun crimes costs $3.1 billion, or about $93 for every person in the country (Source: Huffington Post)

Fact#30: In 2006, 1,287 young people were accused of a violent offence in which a gun was used. They accounted for 2.8% of all youth accused of violence; in contrast, 1.8% of adults accused of a violent offence had used a firearm. (Source: Statistics Canada)

Fact#31: 66% of police chiefs believe that citizens carrying concealed firearms reduce rates of
violent crime (Source: National Association of Chiefs of Police, 17th Annual National Survey of Police Chiefs & Sheriffs, 2005)

Fact#32: The highest rates of gun violence in 2006 were found in Canada’s largest cities (Source: Statistics Canada)

Fact#33: In 2010, almost 3/4 of the world’s weapons have been supplied by six of the world’s most powerful countries: USA (34.84%), Russia (14.86%), Germany (7.43%), United Kingdom (6.57%), China (6.29%), and France (4%). (Source: Amnesty International)

Fact#34: Thailand ranks #1 for % homicides with firearms (Source: Nation Master)

Fact#35: 0.1% of all deaths for children between the ages 0-14 are from firearms, 0.6% are from motor vehicles, 5.3% are from being struck in beatings or bludgeoning, 6.0% from poisoning, and 42.6% from suffocation. (Source: 1997 National Center for Health Statistics National Vital Statistics Report)

Fact#36: 18-20 year olds commit over 23% of all gun murders. None of these criminals are allowed to purchase a handgun due to their age under current law. (Source: U.S. Treasury and Justice Dept. Report, 1999)

Fact#37: During the Clinton administration, federal prosecutions of gun-related crimes dropped more than 44% (Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse Univ. 1992-1998)

Fact#38: The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed that suicide by firearms is continuing to decrease from a high in the 1980s, however suicide by hanging steadily increased throughout the 1990s and increased for three consecutive years after the 1996 buy-back. (Source: SSAA)

Fact#39: Of the 250,000,000 annual self-defense cases using guns, more than 7.7% are by women defending themselves against sexual abuse (Source: U.S. Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979)

Fact#40: In Iraq and Afghanistan, 250,000 bullets were fired for every insurgent killed (Source: Belfast Telegraph)

Fact#41: The world’s most expensive rifle is valued at $820,000 (Source: Bornrich)

Fact#42: The first firearm ever made was in 700 A.D (Source: Wikipedia)

Fact#43: Switzerland has relatively lenient gun control for Europe, and has the third-lowest homicide rate of the top nine major European countries, and the same per capita rate as England and Wales (Source: Gun Facts)

Fact#44: Since gun banning has escalated in the UK, the rate of crime – especially violent crime – has risen (Source: Gun Facts)

Fact#45: In 1919, before they had any gun control, the U.K. had a homicide rate that was 8% of the U.S. rate. By 1986, and after enacting significant gun control, the rate was 9% – practically unchanged. (Source: Targeting Guns, Gary Kleck, Aldine Transaction, 1997, at 359)

Fact#46: Handguns were used in 3,685 British offenses in 2000 compared with 2,648 in 1997, an Increase of 40%. (Source: Illegal Firearms in the UK, Centre for Defense Studies at King’s College in London, July 2001.)

Fact#47: Organized destruction projects have eliminated at least 8.5 million small arms since 1991, three-quarters of which came from armed services. An unknown number are also lost through accidental wastage. (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Fact#48: Chinese police destroyed 113 illegal gun factories and shops in a three-month crackdown
in 2006. Police seized 2,445 tons of explosives, 4.81 million detonators and 117,000 guns. (Source: China Radio International Online, September 7, 2006.)

Fact#49: The Mexican attorney general’s office reports seizing a total of 29,000 weapons in all of
2007 and 2008, or about 14,500 weapons a year. (Source: The Myth of 90 Percent, William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott, Fox News, April 2, 2009)

Fact#50: A recent survey found that 26 per cent (1.95 million) of Swiss own at least one firearm. Published estimates of total firearm ownership vary extraordinarily, ranging from 1.2 million to 12 million (Source: Small Arms Survey)

Via Globalist Report

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