Gun Violence in the United States (not in war) Vs Syrian Civil War death toll (officially in war since 2011)

Gun Violence in the United States (not in war) Vs Syrian Civil War death toll (officially in war since 2011)

In this post we compare the Gun Violence death toll in the United States with the Syrian Civil War death toll and we find some very interesting results



Some Indicative Data:

Gun Ownership

  • The US has an estimated 283 million guns in civilian hands
  • Each year about 4.5 million firearms, including approximately 2 million handguns, are sold in the United States
  • An estimated 2 million second hand firearms are sold each year
  • The percentage of American households with a gun has been steadily declining (high of 54% in 1977 to 33% in 2009)
  • The average number of guns per owner has increased from 4.1 in 1994 to 6.9 in 2004.

Sources: Injury Prevention (2007); ATF (2000); National Opinion Research Center (2008); Pew Research Center (2009)

Gun Deaths:

More than 30,000 people are killed by firearms each year in the United States

More than 30 people are shot and murdered each day

1/2  of them are between the ages of 18 and 35

1/3 of them are under the age of 20

Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds

And the primary cause of death among African Americans of that age group.


Gun Homicides (average annually):

Less than 50: Japan

Less than 150:  Germany, Italy, France, etc.

Less than 200:  Canada

More than 10,000: USA

Source: IANSA (International Action Network on Small Arms of the United Nations)

Injuries and Deaths from Guns

Everytime a gun injures or kills in self-defense, one is used:

  • 11 times for a completed or attempted suicide
  • 7 times in a criminal assault or homicide
  • 4 times in an unintentional shooting death or injury

Source: Journal of Trauma, injury, Infection and Critical Care (1998)

Casualties of the Syrian Civil War

Estimates of deaths in the Syrian Civil War, per opposition activist groups, vary between 140,200 and 330,380.On 15 January 2015, the United Nations put out an estimate of 220,000 that had died in the war.


Gun Violence in the United States (not in war) Vs Syrian Civil War death toll (officially in war since 2011)
On the left we see estimations from Violations Documentation Center regarding the death toll in Syria, and on the right numbers have been taken from the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The estimated number for United States is 135000 for 4 years and a half (30000 people are dead per year)

death toll syria

After a more close look on this graph we can see how big is the gun problem in the United States: The number of dead people is probably twice in Syria than the United States

We can say that Gun violence in the United States is common as the Syrian Civil war death toll unfortunately. Of course, someone could say that is not fair enough to compare these two facts. Although is important for the readers to get an idea of how big is that problem and how big is the insecurity problem in the United States.

A report published by the FBI last year, studying active shooting situations between 2000 and 2013, found that these kinds of incidents (like the Oregon Incident yesterday) were happening more and more recently. The first seven years of the study found an average of 6.4 active shootings per year, while the last seven years of the study found that number jumped up to 16.4 incidents per year.

Active shooting incidents are defined by federal agencies as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.” (This is different from mass killings, which are episodes in which three or more people are killed, according to the FBI. While many active shooting incidents wind up being mass killings, more than half of the episodes in the FBI study did not meet that definition.)(WashingtonPost.Com)

Related Information:
Where there are more guns there is more homicide
Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon: what we know
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
Casualties of the Syrian Civil War


5 thoughts on “Gun Violence in the United States (not in war) Vs Syrian Civil War death toll (officially in war since 2011)”

    1. Thank you for your comment Cindy. Indeed we’re all in danger in the Middle East or the United States and Europe but from different type of danger.

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