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Guns Driving Down Life Expectancy in America
Violence not more common in US, but is more deadly
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 10, 2013 12:23 PM CST
A new report of life expectancy in the world's richest countries says that America's guns are a major factor in its lower life expectancy.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – With six violent deaths per 100,000 people in the United States, by far the highest rate among the world's richest countries, the prevalence of guns—especially unsecured guns—in America is lowering its life expectancy rate, according to a new report by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine. The report looked at 17 of the world's richest countries, exploring why the United States has the lowest life expectancy for men (75.6) and second-lowest for women (80.7). The results point strongly at America's uniquely widespread gun culture, reports the AP.

Incidents of violence in the United States are not more frequent than other countries, noted the report, but they are far more lethal—the next-most deadly country, Finland, has less than two violent deaths for 100,000. Despite having less than 5% of the world's population, Americans account for 35% to 50% of the world's civilian-owned firearms, with 89 firearms for every 100 Americans. "With lives and dollars at stake, the United States cannot afford to ignore this problem," the report said. The report also pointed to America's high rate of poverty and low rate of health insurance coverage.

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Jan 13, 2013 5:09 AM CST
Rather than people being so speculative over guns they really need to be more interested in what Satan is up to and what his plans are. Even why the B.i.b.l.e says in the last days Satan will be cast down to the earth where he will reek havoc on the living. If you cast out God you will face His enemies and you may not like them either.
Jan 11, 2013 8:17 PM CST
I need to make a couple statements, guns do not do the killing, people do. An idea would be to ban cars because of deadly crashes, killings from car crashes surpass dead rates of by persons using a firearm. Please realize that the armies of inner city young men that have nothing to lost and will not give up their guns to the government collection. How are you going to protect yourself, when your government can't. Think about your family during a national crisis, what are you going to do? How will you protect, your family, property, water, food??
Jan 11, 2013 5:08 PM CST
1.5 violent deaths per 100,000 if you remove gang on gang gun deaths. 200,000 a year die of infections from hospitals.