|Country||Percent of homes with firearms||Country||Percent of homes with firearms|
According to a 1998 study by the National Center for Health Statistics, in a comparison of 11 industrial nations, except for the United States with a rate of 13.7 per 100,000, France had the highest firearms death rate at 6.3 per 100,000. The rates per 100,000 for the remaining nine foreign nations were: Norway, 4.3; Canada, 3.9; New Zealand 3.1; Australia 2.9; Israel 2.8; Denmark 2.1; Scotland 0.6; The Netherlands 0.5; and, England and Wales 0.4. [See chart below.]
Firearm Mortality Rates (per 100,000) in 11 Countries2
Overall Firearm Death Rate
|Firearm Homicide Rate||Firearm Suicide Rate||Firearm Death Rate, aged 15-24 years||Firearm Death Rate, aged 65+ years|
*Data not available
**Based on fewer than 20 deaths
The direct link between firearm availability and gun death was confirmed last month in a Harvard School of Public Health study published in The Journal of Trauma analyzing gun death among American children. That study showed that children living in the five states with the highest levels of gun ownership were 16 times more likely to die from unintentional firearm injury, seven times more likely to die from firearm suicide, and three times more likely to die from firearm homicide than children in the five states with the lowest levels of gun ownership. Additionally, children in the top five gun ownership states were twice as likely to die from homicide and suicide overall as children in the five lowest gun ownership states.
According to news reports, the Nanterre shooting has moved to center stage of the French presidential campaign, where crime had already become a key focus of the candidates.
1) Wendy Cukier, "Firearms Regulation: Canada in the International Context," Chronic Diseases in Canada, 19, no. 1, (1998), Table 2.
2) Lois A. Fingerhut, et al., "International Comparative Analysis of Injury Mortality," Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics 303, (October 7, 1998): 1-20.
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