The state of gun violence in the US, explained in 18 charts


America doesn’t have a gun problem, it has several of them.

These charts and maps break down the scope of the problem:

No other developed country in the world has anywhere near the same rate of gun violence as America. The US has nearly six times the gun homicide rate as Canada, more than seven times as Sweden, and nearly 16 times as Germany.

The debate over gun regulation in the US seems intractable, but there is one fact that both sides can agree on: Mass shootings are just the tip of a very complicated problem.

Read more:

• How gun control works in America, compared with 4 other rich countries
• After Sandy Hook we said never again. And then we let more than 1,600 mass shootings happen.
• Why mass shootings don’t convince gun owners to support gun control
• Watch: How gun control could help prevent suicides

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