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The death rate from gun violence in the US is off the charts


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Gun homicides are so common in the US--and so uncommon in most other places--that the US surgeon general just called guns a public health issue.

This weekend's 49 deaths in a single incident, along with the 20 schoolchildren shot to death in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, and the San Bernardino shooting deaths of 14 people in 2015, have made the conversation around guns even more urgent.

In other countries, like Germany, the chances of being murdered with a gun are equivalent to the chances of a person in the US getting killed by a falling object.

In Japan, the chances of being a gun homicide victim is one in 10 million, the same as an American's chances of being hit by lightning. The death rate in the US is around 31 per million people--that works out to 27 people shot dead every day.

In 2016 alone, there have been 136 mass shootings.

Gun control advocates have tried getting more detailed background checks and preventing unstable people from accessing a gun. But the Second Amendment has proved to be a little hard to get around.

The NRA, the Supreme Court, and members of Congress have worked hard to ensure Americans still have the right to bear arms--under almost any circumstances.

Only in parts of Central America, Africa and the Middle East is the rate of gun violence even higher than in the US.

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The death rate from gun violence in the US is off the charts

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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