Are American Guns A Global Menace?

Majority Report

Are American guns an international menace?

Majority Report guest speaker Cliff Schecter claims that in the same week of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, 80 people in the U.S. died from gun violence.

However, that number is probably low, because according to NBC and The Brady Campaign, Every day in the U.S., an average of 289 people are shot. Eighty-six of them die: 30 are murdered, 53 kill themselves, two die accidentally, and one is shot in a police intervention. 86 people per day would be 602 people per week. Excluding suicides, 30 gun murders per day would be 210 per week.

The CDC reports that a person is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week.

Also, according to CNN, the ATF claims that almost 70% of recovered guns from crimes in Mexico came from the U.S.

In a study the ATF conducted in 2009 of 6,000 seized guns stored in Guatemala, 40 percent came from the United States, according to New Republic.