The Americas lead in worldwide gun deaths

Worldwide gun deaths reach 250,000 yearly US ranks high

The Americas lead in worldwide gun deaths

The findings are from an analysis of global data from 1990 to 2016.

A new study has found that global gun deaths have passed 250,000 per year, with the United States and five other countries in the Americas making up half the total fatalities.

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IN HARMS WAY: Gun injuries and deaths among Florida kids have spiked. Cultural beliefs about guns and suicide vary widely around the world, he noted, adding, "Thats where we get this incredible range of firearm deaths". However, there were larger increases in numerous countries analyzed, particularly in Central and South America. They attributed the drugs trade and economic instability as contributing factors to the high rate. The study raises concerns about the lack of research on causes of gun violence and ways to prevent it, the editorial said. Researchers counted about 209,000 gun deaths in 1990 compared with 251,000 in 2016, of which 64 percent were homicides, 27 percent were suicides and 9 percent were accidental. Gun suicides increased from 19,700 to 23,800. At 6 per 100,000, gun suicides the USA ranks second for gun suicides behind Greenland who recorded 22 per 100,000. Greenland had the highest, 22 per 100,000 but that amounted to just 11 suicides.

El Salvador ranked the highest in global gun deaths at almost 40 per 100,000 people, while Singapore ranked lowest, with just 0.1 deaths per 100,000.

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• Gun deaths outnumbered deaths from combat and terrorism every year except 1994, when 800,000 people died in Rwandan genocide.

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