The comprehensive global study, conducted by University of Washington researchers who looked at firearm-related fatalities from 1990-2016, shows more than 250,000 people were killed by guns in 2016, not including deaths from conflicts, terrorism or law-enforcement activities.
Six countries in the Americas – Brazil, the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala – accounted for half those deaths.
And while the U.S. ranked fourth in the world with 12,400 firearm-related homicides, that figure pales in comparison to its 23,800 gun suicides. None of the other 194 nations and territories in the report came close, with India ranking second at 13,400.
Except for Greenland, which had only 11 total suicides through use of a firearm, the U.S. had the world’s highest rate of such deaths with 6.4 per 100,000 people.