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The state of gun violence in the US, explained in 18 charts


“We need rescue inside the auditorium.
Multiple victims.” The United States has a problem with gun violence. BUSH: We hold the victims in our hearts. CLINTON: Perhaps we may never fully understand
it. “A man with a semiautomatic weapon.” We talk about it after mass shootings. But
it’s much larger, and more complicated than those debates allow. Here’s what you need
to know about the state of gun violence in America. It’s true that the US sees many more mass
shootings than these other developed countries. Between 2000 and 2014, there were 133 mass
shootings in public, populated places. That’s excluding gang violence and terrorism. Of course, the US is a much larger country,
but if you adjust for population size, it still ranks higher. Of these countries, Finland is next, with just 2 shootings over 14 years, but a much, much smaller population. And this type of tragedy seems to be happening
more often in the US. Each of these squares represents a public mass shooting with 4 or
more fatalities. Before 2011, they happened 6 months apart on average, but since then,
only 2 months go by between them. OBAMA: I hope and pray that I don’t have to
come out again during my tenure as president to offer my condolences to families in these
circumstances. That was October 1, 2015. And just about 2
months later. OBAMA: Yesterday, a tragedy occurred in San
Bernardino. Our first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to the families
of those who’ve been killed. Public mass shootings get all the attention
because they’re often so indiscriminate, but the truth is mass shootings are unlike
most gun deaths in America. Here’s how it breaks down: According to the most recent data, 92 people
are killed with guns every day on average. About 30 of those are homicides of which maybe
1.5 at most can be considered part of mass shootings. Most of those killed, 58 people a day, are
suicides. The rest are accidental shootings, police actions, and undetermined incidents. Those suicides – they show up in international
comparisons, too. These are the 10 countries ranked highest on Human Development by the
UN. The US has the highest suicide rate among them, and this darker bar shows how many of
those are with guns. Some people think suicide isn’t really relevant
to the gun issue. LOTT: To go and think some type of gun control
regulations that are being talked about are going to stop somebody from committing suicide
when there are so many other ways to commit suicide. But the methods that people use are important
because suicide attempts often stem from temporary crises. The vast majority of people who survive
suicide attempts don’t end up dying from suicide. But guns make it nearly impossible
to get that second chance. The victims of gun suicides are overwhelmingly
men, and mostly white. And the rate of gun suicides has been increasing
in the US. At the same time, the rate of gun homicides has been decreasing, especially
since the 90s when crime rates in general were higher. But if you compare the US to other developed
countries, it doesn’t look like good news. These are homicides adjusted for population
size. The US would probably have a higher homicide rate even without guns, but you can
see how gun violence pushes that rate far beyond the other countries here. The victims of these shootings — they’re
not the ones you often see on the national news. They’re disproportionately young black
men. SHUNDRA ROBINSON: You guys can leave here
and go on with your lives, but we gotta go home to empty rooms. Because our children’s
lives were taken away by people who should not have had guns anyway. One possible explanation is that US simply
has more crime than those other countries. But if you set aside homicides for a moment
and look rates of burglary, or assault, you don’t see the same spike that you see with
homicide. It’s not that America has much more crime.
It’s that crime in the US is much more lethal. Altogether, the number of gun deaths in the
US from 2000 to 2013 exceeds the number of Americans killed by AIDS, by illegal drug
overdoses, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and terrorism, combined. It should be clear by now that this level
of gun violence is a uniquely American problem among the developed world. And here’s one
reason why. There are a ton of guns in the US. This chart
of shows the estimated number of guns by country. It’s adjusted for population size and it’s
still not even close. OREGON SHOOTER’S FATHER: The question that
I would like to ask is how on Earth could he compile 13 guns? How can that happen? If you take a look back at the 10 countries
with the highest levels of human development, you can see that it’s relatively really
easy to get a gun in the US. All of the other countries require a license to purchase most
guns and those purchases are recorded into an official registry. To get that license
people have to state a reason for why they want a gun, and in most countries, they have
to pass a safety test and are required by law to store their guns safely. In part because of its lax laws, there are
well over 300 million guns in the US and counting. This chart doesn’t reflect private sales
but it shows the number of background checks, which all federally licensed dealers have
to run. It suggests the demand for guns has been increasing steeply since Barack Obama
took office. So we’ve looked at gun deaths and at gun
ownership. This chart puts them together. It shows that among highly developed countries,
the more guns in a country, the more gun deaths. You can see that countries like Switzerland,
which have relatively more guns than a country like the Netherlands, also have a higher gun
death rate. And here’s the US. Likewise, US states with more guns have more
gun homicides. There are outliers like Idaho, which has high rates of gun ownership but
low rates of gun murders. But overall, there’s a correlation between gun ownership and homicide
rates, and that relationship has held up in studies that control for things like poverty,
unemployment, and crime. The correlation between gun ownership and
gun deaths is even stronger for suicides. It make sense. Depression with a gun is more
dangerous than depression without one. Likewise, fights, domestic disputes, road
rage, drunkenness — all much more dangerous with a gun than without. That said, you might need different policies
to keep guns away from potential mass shooters than you’d need to keep them out of inner
city gangs or out of the hands of someone who might hurt themselves. America doesn’t
have a gun problem, it has several of them.

100 thoughts on “The state of gun violence in the US, explained in 18 charts

  1. Look at the states with the least restricted gun laws then compare that to inner cities with the most strick gun laws.

  2. Take the guns make it ilegal IL hand any over that get banned all I need is one for home defense and one for hunting I'm chill wid a shot gun and a hunting rifle lol ban pistols aswell there the number one killer i think only in a home and shooting range pistols should be allowed there can be a time and place for them it's all good and I'm anti assault rifle yes ar15 and ak47 designs are military weapons I'm sick of hearing it's not a assualt rifle lol semi auto full auto not much difference still rapid fire lol I don't usually need that many rounds in a gun to hit a target if anyone does it must be because the person is antisapating to be in a shoot out and plans to lay down surpressive gunfire on a target lol wat kind of shooter needs that lol

  3. The homicide rates shown around 3:30 for totals and race do not add up. America does not have a gun problem, we have an inner city culture problem.

  4. Is gun related crime a mass shooting or not? I’m so confused!! You can’t spin data to fit your arguement!!

  5. Remove all Liberal Democrat Socialist rule as well as Democrat run society and the gun violence will drop to near ZERO.
    Near ALL violence and death in the USA is smokey attributed to Liberalism, Democrat Socialisim and political gangsterism.

  6. wait vox is still here? I figured they would of deleted their channel and ran away after trying to ruin youtube for nearly everyone

  7. Jenna Schuler wrote
    "wait vox is still here? I figured they would of deleted their channel and ran away after trying to ruin youtube for nearly everyone"
    ===============
    And yet … you came here and even put out the effort to leave a comment.

    AREN’T THEIR FEEBLE LITTLE MINDS PRECIOUS !!!!!!!!!!

  8. Umm in the usa you need to register your gun, have a license to carry and take gun safety course and keep your gun in a safe place. I donknot know why you say they don't, the problem is many guns are illegally obtained by criminals who don't follow laws.

  9. This weekend in the US…
    20 dead in Texas
    9 dead in Ohio
    29 innocent lives lost and many more maimed in two mass shootings.
    Where were the citizens with their "god given" right to carry arms for self protection and a safer America that you gun lobbyists so aggressively extol? So the US gun laws work do they? I think not.

  10. Vox wants to take away minorities rights to self protection & make us dependant on govt services and it's honestly pretty sickening.

  11. Where Republicans and Democrats disagree.. Is Violence always wrong? Democrat = ALWAYS. Republican= It's sometimes needed to defend yourself. If someone breaks into my sisters house and she shoots that person.. THAT IS statistically, gun violence.

  12. Uh we are required to store guns safely, take a safety test, have a drivers license so that goes under license, they do mark sales, and register them, the only one we don't have is reason for purchase but people who sell them will still ask just to make small talk

  13. Lol some of the most ill informed talking points I’ve ever heard 😐 almost feel as if I lost iq points watching this.

  14. I love how vox doesn't even want to mitigate depression, just the deaths from them, so it looks better from a numbers perspective

  15. The impact of gun laws in Australia is the strongest evidence. I lived there for 4 and half years and have read the research. I invite everyone to do so.

  16. GUYS I JUST HAD AN AMAZING SOLITION TO THIS. COPY AND PASTE IT AS MUCH AS YOU CAN TO BRING ATTENTION TO THIS SOLITION!!!!

    BAN HAVING EASY ACCESS TO GUNS!!!

  17. Compelling content and format, explained simply and clearly. Would love to see an updated 2019 version of this video!

  18. Lol this is so inaccurate in 90 percent of shootings the shooters are on drugs so if we get tough on drugs and lower the drug rates then you lower the amount of shootings

  19. President Obama had 8 years to address violence and violent individuals and he passed on a substantially unchanged America on this issue.

    In the past two years we have begun to see recognition of the role prior violent acts play a roll in uncovering a bright red line pointing to the individuals who have committed these attacks. We need to recognize this as a viable tool to identify individuals at a greater risk to our society and intervein to protect society as a whole and possibly help those individuals to become better able to live in peace.

    Sadly we are back to the campaign trail and laying the blame on the opposing party and an in adamant object rather than address individuals actions.

  20. I cannot stand vox. All you guys do is use people’s emotions against them. You’re disgusting and a despicable disgrace to this nation and our constitution.

  21. It’s boggles me how people seem to turn their brains off when mainstream news comes on.

    If there were an orchestra playing and there was a flute player playing so horribly that they were causing members of the audience to leave, everyone would agree to get rid of the flute player. Now if other flute players turn out to be just as horrible, it wouldn’t make sense to get rid of the flute.

  22. We need more guns. It's the only way to stop shooters. Other than that theres nothing you can do. It's in our constitution to own guns. If guns were illegal then you would have absolutely no control over who buys guns and who is buying them.

  23. crime is lethal let that soak in lethal for whom? my choice is the person committing the crime who must face the lethality of crime not the armed victim….right

  24. How many people are killed by cigarrettes,alcohol,water? How about dangerous food additives that cause cancer or heart attacks.

  25. When u realize that mass shootings are acts of terrorism and you just excluded them in your video about mass shootings

  26. These are the same people who say "banning abortions would just force women to get them illegally in back alleys"

  27. The thing is criminals want people to own guns. That’s one of the ways they attain theirs’. You go buy a gun and then go to work. That’s when they break in and steal it.

    We think we’re buying guns for home defense but we’re more likely buying it to supply criminals with guns

  28. Gun homicide 5 per 100K in the US and 0.6 per 100K in Germany. Assault 250 US vs 600 per 100K in Germany, Burglary 600 US vs 1600 per 100K in Netherlands. Could it be gun ownership although quite costly is at the same time suppressing by hundreds the numbers of burglaries and assaults in the US?

  29. Got an answer to this problem. Instead of the big gun shows we have at civic arenas and flea markets. Let’s advertise a big show in a major city and then have all the guns converted into smart devices. Everyone will walk around staring at a gun, riding the subway looking at there gun and sitting at the table with their family looking at there fav gun etc. prob solved

  30. Wow- if I only read Youtuber commenters”
    I would have to believe that the majority of us a big time gun proponents and not interested in informational vids. Or information that disagrees with our thinking… hmmm?

  31. I like how they suggest that we need to be licensed and state why we need a gun? 2nd amendment son! If you dont like it move out

  32. The killing is sickening. People say “do something” but don’t recognize the fact that the issue is caused largely from the liberal stranglehold on education. If you tell a person there is no God and you take away all transcendent text from them that says people are of value to God then killing others is no worse than stepping in an ant pile. So the answer to “do something” is to put Gods message back in schools again. The positive affects of this were recognized even by the non theists of Americas founders and even they supported Bible reading in schools.

  33. Notice they don't show Brazil. Brazil is illegal to own guns and yet their gun deaths are higher than the USA. Check Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatamala. This is skewed where numbers are concerned. You are in more danger in England than the USA.

  34. I wouldn't expect anything else from vox being one of the best liberal sources of mis leading information. I guess the kids that are killing one another off in Chicago are all buying their weapons from your local Walmart or gun shop. They just don't get that a majority of weapons are illegally purchased. Many people do not fully understand the second amendment and what it means. It is to protect us from a tyrannical government and if every American allows the amendment to be removed that is a major form of control against us. Also the amount of shootings may go down some but overall the numbers will still be high. Most crimes are committed by illegal owners. Once again the fear tactics are coming out by this news source. Vote for obame.

  35. Switzerland has an incredibly high rate of gun ownership and some of the lowest gun violence in the world. Guns don't equal more violence, there are other factors including the fact that 99% of mass shooters come from fatherless homes

  36. Just because you think you have a good cause, doesn't mean you should participate in deliberate manipulation of statistical data. This video is couple of years old as of today and the lack of. Judging by the fact that there is no correction issued just points to poor editorial standards. Shame on you Vox I hope you go bankrupt.

  37. Why doesnt gang shootings and terrorism take effect? That should have a more profound impact on the numbers. Cherry-pick much??

  38. Shouldn't it be said that Chicago, HAS the HIGHEST homicide rate by guns and yet the STRICTEST gun control laws? And now you are including gang warfare. Get your facts right!! and present the right information, quit cherry-picking.

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