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Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in 6 countries — Brazil, the U.S., Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, and Guatemala

In 2016, an estimated 251,000 people died as a result of firearms, and half of all of those deaths came from six countries, including the U.S, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The United States has the 2nd highest number of firearm-related deaths in the world – beaten only by Brazil, which recorded 43,200 fatalities in the same year.

Collectively, these six nations made up less than 10% of the global population but 50.5 percent of the world’s gun deaths, for the purposes of this study, excludes deaths from war, terrorism, executions, and police.

Globally, 64 percent of the deaths were the result of homicide, 27 percent were suicides, and 9 percent were accidental. Meanwhile, nations like the United Kingdom, China, and Japan had the lowest firearm death rates worldwide.

The United States saw more than 11,000 more gun-related deaths than India, which had the next-highest total. But, India is also home to 1.3 billion people (nearly a billion more people), pushing its gun death rate to 2.1 — far below America’s 10.6.

The 10 countries with the most firearm-related deaths in 2016:

  1. Brazil: 43,000 deaths
  2. United States: 37,200 deaths
  3. India: 26,000 deaths
  4. Mexico: 15,400 deaths
  5. Colombia: 13,300 deaths
  6. Venezuela: 12,800 deaths
  7. Philippines: 8,020 deaths
  8. Guatemala: 5,090 deaths
  9. Russia: 4,380 deaths
  10. Afghanistan: 4,050 deaths

The 10 countries with the highest homicide rates are:

  1. El Salvador: 38.9 deaths per 100,000 people
  2. Venezuela: 32.9
  3. Guatemala: 28.0
  4. Colombia: 24.3
  5. Honduras: 21.6
  6. U.S. Virgin Islands (territory): 19.0
  7. Brazil: 18.2
  8. Jamaica: 16.0
  9. Puerto Rico (territory): 15.5
  10. The Bahamas: 13.1

(Note: ranked by the number of deaths per 100,000 people)

The 10 countries posting the highest suicide rates were:

  1. Greenland (territory): 22 deaths per 100,000 people
  2. United States: 6.4
  3. Uruguay: 4.2
  4. Zimbabwe: 3.1
  5. Argentina: 2.7
  6. Switzerland: 2.5
  7. Montenegro: 2.5
  8. Finland: 2.4
  9. Serbia: 2.4

(Note: ranked by the number of deaths per 100,000 people)

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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