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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.

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11 thoughts on “We’re killing ourselves: New study shows U.S. leads world in gun-related suicides

  1. I didn’t read the article, but I would tend to think we can reliably say the reason for so many deaths in the So. American countries is due to the drug cartels.

    As for the U.S. … we just have a bunch of gun-nuts.

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  2. I imagine the best thing to do to avoid Firearm Suicide is to ensure every member of one’s family and social circle is armed so they can fire off a warning shot alerting the rest of the Support Group that a member of their group is thinking of killing themselves with a gun.

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  3. This doesn’t surprise me. We rank #18 in the happiness rank worldwide. Scandinavian countries are up at the top.
    Gee you think maybe free education, free to very low cost medical, not the huge wealth disparity and a more open and less religious society may have something to do with it?

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  4. We are not going to get control of gun deaths until we are able to amend of repeal the second amendment. Too many guns means too many people die from guns. There is a direct correlation between the two. It is even worse now that the Supreme Court after two hundred years changed the way the second amendment is read and interpreted.
    I liked all those movies about Wyatt Earp making cowboys check their gunning and taming the ciwtowns. Under the current Court’s ruling he was violating the constitution and infringing in the rights of the cowboys. Too bad the Clayton’s did not have Justice Sclania back them up.

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    • That’s a very pragmatic perspective and perhaps even more to the left on this issue than mine. I suspect it isn’t popular in Appalachia.

      I agree that the Supreme Court’s reinterpretation of the 2nd Amendment since the 1970s is directly relatable to the current crisis, although I’m more in favor of political rather than constitutional solutions. However, either seem remote possibilities right now.

      Great comment, Old Guy!

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