What do you think the countries that had the most gun violence in 1016 are? It is a very interesting topic and now Insider Monkey has published an article about it. As for me, I am afraid of guns. In my country people can have guns at home only with very serious reason, and I don’t mind. But I must confess that I pursue archery, which I like very much.
There are many reasons why people use guns, although the lowest rates of gun violence have been noticed in countries where only law enforcement is allowed to carry. Shooting left and right, just because you can, will only lead to needless deaths, including among children who can often get their hands on improperly secured.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three countries from their list.
Trinidad and Tobago are the first ones now. The government of Trinidad and Tobago have been working for years to reduce crime, but the issue seems to be too complex, involving an overburdened legal system, too much bureaucracy, high unemployment in marginal areas, gangs, drugs and a nasty economic recession. Some success has been achieved, as the crime rate has decreased somewhat, but not enough to take the country off this top ten list. Data shows that in 2015, almost 81 percent of murders were committed by firearm. The latest statistics indicate that there are 23.7 deaths by firearm for every 100,000 residents. Given how there are 1.4 million people living here, that’s a rather nasty statistic.
The next one is Bahamas. The Bahamas is home to close to 400,000 people. Despite the rather low population size, it is estimated that the total number of guns held by civilians, both licit and illicit, is close to 75,000. Furthermore, data shows that there are 24.8 deaths caused by gunfire for every 100,000 residents. Additionally, in 2014, 85% of homicides across the Bahamas were committed with a gun.
Puerto Rico is the last one for today. Things aren’t that much better in Puerto Rico, either. Although there are less than 3.5 million residents, there are an estimated 800,000 guns in the country, both legally and illegally owned. Data indicates that for every 100,000 people living here, 25.1 die of gunfire, making up over 90% of all the country’s homicides.
For any further interesting information read Insider Monkey’s article about 10 countries that had the most gun violence in 1016.