Remember or download this graph and read these statistics for the next time some idiot tries telling you that we need to control guns to reduce our violent crime rate

Key points: The US is 16 of 47 (about a third of the way down). Comparing against the countries on either side of us we see that Pakistan’s (#15 on list) has rather loose gun laws, but a slightly lower homicide rate, and that Tanzania’s (#17 on list) gun laws are roughly equivalent to what we have in some of our states, and their homicide rate is also equivalent.

At the extremes of the graph, El Salvador has a strict anti-gun policy, but the worst homicide rate. Interestingly enough, Japan’s gun laws are also strict, but they have the lowest homicide rate. Meaning: Strict gun laws have no impact on the homicide rate.

It’s rather easy to obtain guns in Egypt (#11 on the list), with their comparatively small population having so many guns that they’re #37 on the list of countries with highest gun possession in the world. Belize (#41 on the list) has extremely restrictive gun laws, yet one of the highest homicide rates, and most of those are from guns.

These are just a few statistics, with the majority of the nations not discussed. As with all topics, we urge you to do your own research, but from the data gleaned from the extremes on this graph (Japan and El Salvador), as well as two from the upper and lower thirds, the one thing that is clear is that gun restrictions do not impact homicide rates. In fact, with the crime rates in Chicago, St. Louis, San Francisco, Portland, and Baltimore being so much higher than in cities where good guys have guns too, it can be easily argued that implementing gun restrictions will increase, not decrease, crime rates.

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