Half the World's Gun-related Deaths Occur in Just 6 Countries, Including the U.S.

Half the World's Gun-related Deaths Occur in Just 6 Countries, Including the U.S.

Scott Olson/Getty ImagesA new study tracking gun-related deaths found that just six countries, all located in the Americas, accounted for more than half of all firearm deaths worldwide in 2016. The lamentable list was topped by Brazil with 43,200 gun deaths in 2016, followed by the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala. El Salvador recorded the highest gun-related death rate in the world at 39.2 deaths per 100,000, followed by Venezuela (38.7), Guatemala (32.3), and Greenland (25.9). In El Salvador, for example, homicide accounted for nearly all gun deaths in the country, which has been ravaged by gang violence. For comparison, the gun-related suicide rate in the U.S. was 6.4 deaths per 100,000 in 2016, which was the second-highest in the world.

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