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Crime > Murders with firearms: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 South Africa 31,918 2002
2 Colombia 21,898 2002
3 Thailand 20,032 2002
4 United States 9,369 2002
5 Philippines 7,708 2002
6 Mexico 2,606 2002
7 Slovakia 2,356 2002
8 El Salvador 1,441 2002
9 Zimbabwe 598 2002
10 Peru 442 2002
11 Germany 269 2002
12 Czech Republic 181 2002
13 Ukraine 173 2002
14 Canada 144 2002
15 Albania 135 2002
16 Costa Rica 131 2002
17 Azerbaijan 120 2002
18 Poland 111 2002
19 Uruguay 109 2002
20 Spain 97 2002
21 Portugal 90 2002
22 Croatia 76 2002
23 Switzerland 68 2002
24 Bulgaria 63 2002
25 Australia 59 2002
26 Sweden 58 2002
27 Bolivia 52 2002
28 Japan 47 2002
29 Slovenia 39 2002
30 Belarus 38 2002
31 Hungary 38 2002
32 Latvia 28 2002
33 Burma 27 2002
34 Republic of Macedonia 26 2002
35 Austria 25 2002
36 Estonia 21 2002
37 Moldova 20 2002
38 Lithuania 16 2002
39 Denmark 14 2002
40 United Kingdom 14 2002
41 Ireland 12 2002
42 New Zealand 10 2002
43 Chile 9 2002
44 Cyprus 4 2002
45 Morocco 1 2002
46 Luxembourg 0.0 2002
47 Iceland 0.0 2002
48 Oman 0.0 2002

Citation

"Countries Compared by Crime > Murders with firearms. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Murders-with-firearms

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NationMaster

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Yea, but the difference between sharks and cars, and the use of guns is that they are not deliberately used by people to kill. In other countries, you have disturbed people as well, but they do not have such ready access to high fire power. Incidents recently in Canada and China involved disturbed people attacking innocents - but with a knife and all the victims lived.
No right to guns ever trumps the death of those children. If you must have guns, use the type intended by the original drafters of that amendment - muskets and blackpoweder

Posted on 01 Mar 2013

Dan

Dan

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John and Others: You should delve a little deeper into US murder rates. Parse them by race and you will find that about 53% of US murders are committed by blacks. If the black murder rate of a little more than 20 per 100,000 were the same as the murder rate for the rest of Americans the US murder rate would be a little more than 2 per 100,000, which is comparable to many countries with strict gun control laws. The NRA or so-called assault rifles have nothing to do with the murder rates--it's culture. Also, with more than 80 million students in more than 150 thousand American schools the odds of being shot in a school are 1 in 10.7 million. The odds of being killed in a traffic accident in the US are 1 in 6800. The odds of being hit by lightening in the US are 1 in 80,000 and the odds of being attacked by a shark in the US are 1 in 60,000. Sandy Hook (27 dead) was a tragedy, so was Virginia Tech in 2006 (32 dead)and Columbine (12 dead) in 1999 but for a country as large as the US those types of events caused by mentally disturbed people, not guns, are extremely rare.

Posted on 03 Feb 2013

Randy

Randy

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"The FBI reported that there were 15,980 murders and non-negligent homicides in the United States that year, so about 10,000 people were murdered with guns... In cases where the relationship between the perpetrator and the victim was known, only 24 percent of the murders were committed by a stranger. The most commonly cited circumstance leading to murder is an argument, which was reported in 28 percent of homicides."

So that's what all these law-abiding citizens were doing with their guns. And here I thought they were using then to stop crime.

Posted on 29 Jan 2013

john willow

john willow

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Look here for per capita stats. The US is very high looking at these figures too.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_firearm-related_death_rate

Posted on 28 Jan 2013

Don Burgess

Don Burgess

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Something's strange about these figures. Slovakia 2356, Czech Republic 181. The former is 13 times the latter. Yet these two nations used to be one only a few years ago with the same influences steering and directing them.
As stated by others, the Slovakian figure is off. So disregarding this figure, the US figure is nearly 35 times the highest European figure of Germany (269). This puts into clear perspective the state of affairs in the USA and the challenge confronting legislators there. If Newtown, Aurora and Tucson scenarios are to be averted in the future, it is incumbent upon them to place bans upon firearms and to act swiftly.

Posted on 20 Jan 2013

DeeCee Boy

DeeCee Boy

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@Bill Peterson: Your math is off. The US rate is between 30 and 31 per 1M pop. That's the #13 spot on that European list. (The US has 9100-9500 gun homicides and ~310M pop.)

Posted on 26 Dec 2012

Ran M

Ran M

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There have been no (zero) machine gun deaths in the US since those guns were outlawed in 1934.

Posted on 22 Dec 2012

Hankerin2

Hankerin2

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@Roger: You're correct that we should look at the data per capita, but you're comparing apples (murder with firearms) to oranges (total murder) with that link. The real comparison is here: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_gun_vio_hom_fir_hom_rat_per_100_pop-rate-per-100-000-pop The US is #8 on that list, after South Africa, Columbia, Thailand, Guatemala, Paraguay, Zimbabwe, and Mexico.

Posted on 17 Dec 2012

Justin

Justin

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Ummm...Juarez had 5K murders in one year. That's one city that has almost half as much homicide via gun than all of US without adjusted per capita.

Posted on 15 Dec 2012

Ian

Ian

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To Roger's point, I agree the rate per capita is the best way to look at it. Although the US is not on the chart Roger refers to (top 37 Murders per Capita), the reason is not because our per capita rate is below those other countries. The US rate is actually 90/1 million which would put it #6 on the website Roger refers to if the US had been included. Our rate is more than 100 times that of #37 Spain.

Posted on 14 Dec 2012

Bill Peterson

Bill Peterson

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@ Roger; the list you refer to is from a European source, and does not include the US or even African countries. For that list, see here...which shows the US number 1 for modern western countries.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_intentional_homicide_rate

Posted on 23 Jul 2012

Shane

Shane

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If you look at the murders per capita, the only meaningful way to look at this, the US is not even among the first 37 countries. See at this same site: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_percap-crime-murders-per-capita.

Posted on 27 Jan 2012

Roger

Roger

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Brazil and Russia should both be on the list, both Brazil and Russia have thousands of gun murders each year and Brazil is number one in gun murders, Brazil has the most reported gun murders and the most reported total gun deaths in the world each year, There are on average a total of 34,000 gun deaths and 30,000 gun murders a year in Brazil, thats down from a total of 38,000 gun deaths and 36,000 gun murders a year. Russia has on average 5,000 gun murders a year, thats down from 20,000 gun murders on average each year.

These statistics are not at all accurate and are false and misleading.

Posted on 08 Sep 2011

John_M1984

John_M1984

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Please, before you comment on how America ranked 4th and how 3rd world countries ranked lower, please read the definition section below the graph. Your point about how they just shoot whoever they want in those countries just negates your point about America being uncivilized.

Also, please read previous posts by others that have called out the creator of the graph on how the statistics are completely incorrect and biased.

Thank you.

Posted on 20 Feb 2011

John

John

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Wow. America ranked fourth in murders due to firearms! That does not seem very civilized to me, and just above us are like 3rd world countries with no order. They just kill whom they please. We need to get serious about these gun laws.

Posted on 14 Feb 2011

Katie

Katie

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In my opinion, the Philippine government is ineffective because gun permit applicants can openly pay bribe money, through legitimate gun dealers, to grease the smooth release of permits without passing though proper compliance of regulatory controls of qualifying requirements. Over 1 Million firearms on the loose and unaccounted according to the Philippine National Police; and these loose firearms are used in 99% of crimes. There is also no FIREARM OWNERSHIP TITLING AND REGISTRATION SYSTEM in the Philippines -- the country only have licensure system for possession and carry. My collection of over 60 Gun Control Advocacy Blogs can be found at http://petalcorinpolitics.blogspot.com/search/label/On%20Firearm%20Control

Posted on 16 Nov 2010

John Remollo Petalcorin

John Remollo Petalcorin

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Slovakia's number of 2,356 is a complete non-sense. There were e.g. 94 homicides in Slovakia in total in 2008.
http://www.minv.sk/?statistika-kriminality-kopia

Posted on 13 Jan 2010

Marian

Marian

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Any statistics on gun crime in Ireland, Republic, North and whole? Particularly that not involving the I.R.A.?

Posted on 09 Nov 2009

Aoife

Aoife

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