A decade of data says it

Americans are 9 or 10 times more likely to be shot.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime compiles international statistics on murders by firearm. This is not suicides but homicides.

2011 Global Study on Homicide – Homicides by firearm statistics data

Here are the American firearm homicides per 100,000 from 2003 to 2010.

3.8  3.6  3.8  3.9  3.8  3.6  3.3  3.2

Here are Australia’s firearm homicides per 100,000 from 2000 to 2010 respectively.
0.3  0.3  0.2  0.2  0.2  0.1  0.2  0.2  0.1  0.1
We have gun control laws: they don’t. Go figure!

Also note that this bloats their overall homicide rate out, by all categories, to the general rule that you are about 4 times more likely to be murdered in America than in Australia. Without guns, their murder rate would be down near 1 per 100,000, roughly at ours.

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