I was musing about guns & gun related deaths & does gun ownership have an affect on gun related death. Using www info I looked at two countries I know a fair bit about & that have a reputation for problems with guns; plus I've incl UK as a benchmark:
USA (the country at the base of this thread). I worked for a US/International company for many years & have travelled to USA at least 4 times a year during that period including some long term stays. Buying & owning a gun in USA is as we have all seen on the news is quite easy.
South Africa, I travelled there for work very frequently, more so than to USA. I've also spent a lot - & I mean a lot - of time on private business & leisure. Ownership of a firearm is conditional on numbers of factors, purpose of need, background checking, premises where kept & licensing of the weapon itself. That said the bad guys all seem to have them & they are invariably outside the law & licensing.
United States has 10.5 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 population per year & has 101.05 guns per 100 population (yes that is 101.05 guns per 100 people) South Africa is 8.3 deaths per 100,000 ppa & 12.7 guns per 100 population. UK has 0.23 deaths per 100,000 ppa & 2.8 guns per 100 (I can only imagine the majority of these are shotguns (sport))
So it seems USA's 101 guns per 100 population each cause 0.104 firearm related deaths per 100,000 population & that this is a lot less than the 12.7 guns per 100 in South Africa that account for 0.653 deaths. UK as a bench mark & that measure is 0.082 deaths.
So does gun ownership have an affect on gun related deaths. Based on these numbers NO. Does regulation/legislation have an effect: In SA the answer is no, whereas in UK yes. What's my point, nothing other than you might be interested, its just another imponderable in the what to do puzzle. But I see one of the main problems in USA is an obsession with school shootings, virtually unknown elsewhere & that has to be psychopathic & not solely criminal.