It is important that Americans look to countries like the UK and Australia to see how they’ve been able to tackle gun violence.
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Australia has an estimated 21.7 firearms per 100 residents.

There are 23 million Australians, so that means there’s almost 5 million guns there.

The U.K., 6.6.

Population= 65 million, so another 4.3 million guns there.

Of course gun ownership is less than in America, and there are much stricter regulations because they never had gun ownership as an enumerated right in their constitutions.

My point is just that people who think these are gun free countries are delusional. First of all, the combined populations of the U.K. And Australia are just a bit more than 1/4 of the population of America.

America’s population density density is 85 per sq. mi. while Australia’s is only 8.5.

The U.K.’s density is 660, but that changes significantly when you see that 1/8 of the entire population lives in London. London’s density is 13,468 people per sq. mi.

My point is simply that there are more variables to account for than just guns and their availability. Most gun violence in America is isolated to urban areas. Also, England has a reputation as being a very violent place, meaning a lot of violent crimes occur, although murders are relatively rare. Americans may suffer more murders thanks to guns, but generally speaking, there’s less overall violent crime per capita.

Speaking of murder and murder alone… The murder rate in America is 3.9 per 100,000 residents. In the U.K. It’s 0.9, and Australia is 1.0.

Four times more is a lot, but look at the gun stats again, those two countries have fewer than 10 million guns combined and America has upwards of 300 million. If it were only about guns, then the American murder rate should be somewhere between 30 and 60 times higher… not 4.

Nothing happens in a vacuum and you really can’t just isolate one thing in a complex system.

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