This comparison always amuses me. Do you understand that there are laws that govern driving a car, from having to pass a test to obtain a driver's license to speeding laws, to having to follow road laws to prevent harm and injury to others, and yet, any yahoo can buy a gun in the US and most of the time, not even have to do a test to do so? For example, we know driving at high speed can kill. So laws are passed to control how fast people drive on roads to try to reduce the number of deaths. If your brakes are bad and you just leave it like that and drive and you kill someone, even someone in your own car, say like your spouse or your child or injure them, you will be charged and possibly face prison. But in the US, if a mother leaves her loaded gun within reach of her toddler and her toddler takes the gun and shoots her in the back, she is not likely to face any charges because 'she has suffered enough'. So if you harm your spouse or your child because of something you do or don't do with your car, you would be charged. But if you leave your loaded gun within reach of your toddler and your toddler shoots you in the back, you more than likely won't be charged because 'you have suffered enough' and it is considered an accident. And let's go back to reality... Gun deaths are a serious public health issue in the United States and the scope of the problem is often difficult to illustrate. A new study published in The American Journal of Medicine lays out the risk in concrete terms. When compared to 22 other high-income nations, Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by a gun than their counterparts in the developed world. Specifically, gun homicide rates are 25 times higher in the U.S. and, while the overall suicide rate is on par with other high-income nations, the U.S. gun suicide rate is eight times higher. In order to help put America's relationship with guns into perspective, researchers from the University of Nevada-Reno and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed mortality data gathered by the World Health Organization in 2010. Investigators found that despite having similar rates of nonlethal crimes as other high-income countries, the U.S. has much higher rates of lethal violence, mostly driven by extremely higher rates of gun-related homicides. The study reveals some stark truths about living and dying in the United States. When compared to other high-income nations, as an American you are: • Seven times more likely to be violently killed • Twenty-five times more likely to be violently killed with a gun • Six times more likely to be accidentally killed with a gun • Eight times more likely to commit suicide using a gun • Ten times more likely to die from a firearm death overall Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 24 years of age, and the third leading cause of death among those 25 to 34 years of age. Investigators found that for these two groups, the risk relative to their counterparts in other developed nations is alarmingly elevated. Americans 15 to 24 years of age are 49 times more likely to die from firearm homicide compared to similarly aged young people in other high-income nations. For those aged 25 to 34, the risk is 32 times higher. "More than two-thirds of the homicides in the U.S. are firearm homicides and studies have suggested that the nongun homicide rate in the U.S. may be high because the gun homicide rate is high," explained Erin Grinshteyn, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada-Reno, School of Community Health Science. "For example, offenders take into account the threat posed by their adversaries. Individuals are more likely to have lethal intent if they anticipate that their adversaries will be armed." Now compare US gun deaths, even gun homicides or mass shooting deaths to death by tornado in your country. Hell, let's just compare mass shootings and tornadoes. I won't even look at gun homicides. Mass shootings in 2015 alone, killed over 1300 people and injured over 3000 people. There were 372 mass shootings in 2015. In 2011, there were 1704 tornadoes in the US. They killed 533 people. On average, 60 people are killed from tornadoes in the US every year. Any other ridiculous comparisons you wish to make to excuse it? And yet, the Government and health departments strive to lower the number of deaths in hospitals. They are prevented from reducing the rate of death from guns because of the pro-gun factions in the US. For example, the mentally ill are able to purchase firearms in your country. Now, tell me how many hospitals allow the mentally ill to operate on patients?