Which puts to rest the notion that the US is a society filled with gun violence. It isn't.
I don't remember saying it was, but it is number 1 in the world . Anyway, it doesn't put it to rest if we don't compare it to international statistics, right?
Gun deaths per 100,000 population (for the year indicated):
Homicide Suicide Other (inc Accident)
USA (2001) 3.98 5.92 0.36
Italy (1997) 0.81 1.10 0.07
Switzerland (1998) 0.50 5.8 0.10
Canada (2002) 0.40 2.0 0.04
Finland (2003) 0.35 4.45 0.10
Australia (2001) 0.24 1.34 0.10
France (2001) 0.21 3.4 0.49
England/Wales (2002) 0.15 0.2 0.03
Scotland (2002) 0.06 0.2 0.02
Japan (2002) 0.02 0.04 0.0
Data taken from Cukier and Sidel (2006) The Global Gun Epidemic. Praeger Security International. Westport.
These are first world rates of course. On a global level the USA (15.22 homicides in 1998) is fourth, behind 1. South Africa (74.57 in 2000) 2. Colombia and 3. Guatemala. The USA is followed by 5. Brazil (14.15 in 2000) 6. Estonia and 7. Mexico (12.07 in 1998, I imagine they've moved up the list recently).
You can add to this that the USA has the largest number of privately owned weapons in the world and the largest per capita rate of gun ownership - 88.8 guns per 100 residents!!!
No, only since 2003. The number of military personnel in the US was cut by a third under Clinton.
I was unaware of this, like I said, just throwing around some ideas. Do military figures take into account private military personnel?
PS Sorry Tara, just saw your post as I submited this post. It is kind of relevant to discuss the gun situation in the USA because here in Europe (except Switzerland of course) it is take for granted that handguns should not be and are not easily and legally available to all citizens (Buddhist or not).