How the US can have guns but fewer gun problems [editorial]

David Hemenway
The US will probably always have lots of guns, so we need to learn to live with them. Currently, we are dying from them. We are also causing many deaths in neighbouring nations, as US guns are readily available to criminals in Mexico, Jamaica, and Canada. Compared to other high income countries, the US is average in terms of (non-gun) crime and violence. 1 But we have many more private guns per capita, particularly handguns and military grade firearms. We also have the weakest gun laws. 2 3 In
more » ... 015, the US death rate from firearms was over 11 times higher than that of other high income countries. 4 It has increased by 20% since then. In 2020, more than 120 American civilians per day were killed by guns.
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