According to statistics reported by GunPolicy.org, the United States has about 270,000,000 guns, which is a total of about 88.8% of the nation’s population. If you compare the amount of firearms in a population, the United States and other countries such as France are quite similar. France is ranked twelfth in the number of guns owned by any civilian population. However, countries such as France have tighter regulations regarding who they give guns to. In the last year, there were 35 homicides by firearm in France. If someone were to account for the whole population, this would be .06 people per 100,000 in the population. In the United States, there are 9,146 homicides by firearm. This is a total of 2.97 people per 100,000, meaning you are nearly fifty times more likely to be murdered by firearm in the United States than France.
My main argument isn’t about making guns illegal, it is about the regulations placed on their distribution. In other countries besides the United States, there are so many tests and background checks you have to fulfill. For example, the European Council Directive of June 18, 1991, regulates the possession of semiautomatic weapons and handguns based on a system of license, which can be obtained after a thorough background check (Trans-Atlantic Magazine). In some countries in Europe, you can only have two shots in a pump-action gun, or a semi-automatic. These are just some of the policies that the United States could put into effect to reduce the amount of crime that involves the use of firearms.
by Sebastian Fearn