80% of firearms deaths in developed world happen in US – study
The alarming statistics were published in The American Journal of Medicine, as part of a study carried out by researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno and the Harvard School of Public Health.
The paper also believes US gun culture isn’t helping matters, with citizens more inclined to resolve a problem or a threat through the use of firearms, rather than alternative options such as calling the police.
Well, of course those docs don’t want you to defend yourself. One dead criminal doesn’t buy trauma surgeons many new Jaguars, but one live criminal can injure a lot of helpless victims.
(And for the record, the comparisons between countries are invalid. The UK, for instance, counts crime after apprenhension, trial, and <i>conviction</i> of the perp; so numbers might not show up for years, if ever. In the US, deaths are reported immediately.)