If guns kept Americans safe, then America would surely be the safest country in the whole world. Because, by a huge margin, America has the most guns. We have about 90 guns for every 100 people, making us the most heavily armed country per capita in the world. Yemen comes in a distant second. Yemen is a poor, developing country with warring tribes, heavily armed militias and an al Qaeda presence. And they have fewer guns per capita than we do.

If guns really kept developed countries safe, then we should be in great shape. Because we have the most guns. But it turns out that it doesn’t work that way. Our guns do not keep us safe. If fact, our guns take a huge, bloody and totally predictable toll every year.

If you add together all the firearm-related homicides, suicides and accidental deaths, as well as all the non-fatal injuries that are caused by guns in America, you find that over 100,000 people are shot every year. About 10,000 people are murdered by firearms every year. And about 287 people are shot, every single day…

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