International comparisons help highlight how exceptional the United States is: In a nation where the right to bear arms is cherished by much of the population, gun homicides are a significant public health concern. For men 15 to 29, they are the third-leading cause of death, after accidents and suicides. In other high-income countries, gun homicides are unusual events. Last year’s Paris attacks killed 130 people, which is nearly as many as die from gun homicides in all of France in a typical year. But even if France had a mass shooting as deadly as the Paris attacks every month, its annual rate of gun homicide death would be lower than that in the United States.
|Being killed with a gun here:||Is about as likely as
Dying of ________ in the U.S.
|Deaths per mil.|
|El Salvador||Heart attack||446.3|
|United States||Car accident*||31.2|
|Ireland||Drowning in a lake, river or ocean||4.8|
|Netherlands||Accidental gas poisoning||2.3|
|Germany||Contact with a thrown or falling object||2.1|
|Austria||Drowning in a swimming pool||1.9|
|Australia||Falling from a building or structure||1.7|
|Spain||Exposure to excessive natural heat||1.6|
|New Zealand||Falling from a ladder||1.5|
|England||Contact with agricultural machinery||0.9|
|Norway||Accidental hanging or strangulation||0.9|
|South Korea||Being crushed or pinched between objects||0.4|