Mass shootings, gun violence turn America into a killing culture


Lost amid the weekly spasms of gun violence  – the latest a shooting spree outside a Miami-area banquet hall early Sunday that left two dead and 21 wounded – are the numbers documenting America’s unique love affair with firearms. 

Whether the result of a constitutionally guaranteed right to own a gun, or a natural consequence of a U.S. history forged by conflict and rugged individualism, or both, USA’s gun culture is without peer.

There are more guns than people in the United States, with 121 firearms for every 100 residents, (although the weapons are concentrated in about a third of U.S. households.) America has less than 5% of the world’s population but about 40% of privately owned guns. War-torn Yemen holds second place, with 53 firearms per 100 people



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