At least 12 people, including 1 police officer, died when a gunman opened fire in a bar in the town of Thousand Oaks in the state of California, USA.
The recent attack has once again brought up the individual armament culture of the USA.
According to a 2017 study, 40 percent of Americans say they either have guns or live in a house with guns, and murder or unintentional killings are the highest in developed countries.
Comparison of the USA and other countries
In 2016, more than 11,000 people were killed in armed attacks. This accounts for one-third of the intentional or unintentional manslaughter crimes committed in the country.
Who owns the weapons in the world?
While it is difficult to know exactly how much weapons civilians have around the world, the US is ahead of 270 million in all estimates. Switzerland and Finland are the European countries with the highest number of weapons per capita.
How are gun-related deaths dispersed in the USA?
In the US, there have been 90 massive armed attacks with at least four victims since 1982.
However, the number of people who lost their lives in mass attack constitutes a small part of the total number.
Suicides with firearms in 2015 were almost double the number of gun murders and the rates have increased in recent years.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Suicide Prevention Association, suicides that actually occur with firearms make up almost half of all suicides in the USA.
A study published by the American Public Health Association in 2016 revealed that there is a strong link between women and men for having a gun and suicide with a gun.
The armed massacre, which killed 59 people in Las Vegas in 2017, was the worst in recent US history, and the three biggest attacks that caused the most casualties took place in the past 10 years.
What types of weapons kill Americans?
Military-style assault weapons were used in some of the largest mass armed attacks. Such as the Orlando nightclub or Sandy Hook School attacks in the state of Connecticut.
Police announced that dozens of rifles were used in the Las Vegas attack organized by the attacker named Stephen Paddock.
Several states in the US have banned the sale of military-grade automatic weapons to civilians. These were completely restricted for 10 years until 2004. According to the data of the FBI, most guns were used in gun murder.
How much does it cost to buy a gun?
Between Paddock’s arsenal, pistols can be purchased for $ 200. Chromebook is equivalent to the laptop price and can be purchased at gun shops.
The rifles made around the Paddock cost around $ 1500.
If 23 hotels in the hotel room and 19 in the house are taken into consideration, Paddock’s additional materials such as tripods, binoculars and bullets can be thought to spend more than 70 thousand dollars.
Who supports gun control?
Public opinion on the banning of pistols in the USA has changed dramatically in the past 60 years.
The data is not yet complete, but it shows that the support has changed over time and that the majority are against banning guns. The survey was conducted by the American research firm Gallup.
Who is opposed to gun control?
The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposes all types of weapons control in the USA and argues that weapons make the country safer.
In the USA, it is one of the strongest lobby groups working for a particular purpose, as it has a budget that can affect Congress members.
According to the US research company Pew, 1 out of 5 people who claim to have a gun in the country is a member of the National Rifle Association and is particularly supported by Republicans.
The association spends an average of $ 3 million a year to support its weapons policies.
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