[Marxism] U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Wed Aug 29 07:41:57 MDT 2007

(Given Washington's role as self-appointed genderme to the planet, 
and the cultural assertion of individualism as the surpreme idea, 
it's no wonder so many individuals see fit to arm themselves in 
this absurd manner. Michael Moore did a great job explaining the
Logical consequences of the militaristic culture of the U.S. in
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE. It's only been proven even more true in 
the years since BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE was released.
The United States of America is notorious for its astronomical number
of people killed by firearms for a developed nation without a civil
war. With his signature sense of angry humour, activist filmmaker
Michael Moore sets out to explore the roots of this bloodshed. In
doing so, he learns that the conventional answers of easy
availability of guns, violent national history, violent entertainment
and even poverty are inadequate to explain this violence when other
cultures share those same factors without the equivalent carnage. In
order to arrive at a possible explanation, Michael Moore takes on a
deeper examination of America's culture of fear, bigotry and violence
in a nation with widespread gun ownership. Furthermore, he seeks to
investigate and confront the powerful elite political and corporate
interests fanning this culture for their own unscrupulous gain.
FROM IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310793/maindetails 

U.S. most armed country with 90 guns per 100 people
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:57PM EDT
By Laura MacInnis


GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has 90 guns for every 100
citizens, making it the most heavily armed society in the world, 
a report released on Tuesday said.

U.S. citizens own 270 million of the world's 875 million known
firearms, according to the Small Arms Survey 2007 by the Geneva-based
Graduate Institute of International Studies.

About 4.5 million of the 8 million new guns manufactured worldwide
each year are purchased in the United States, it said.

"There is roughly one firearm for every seven people worldwide.
Without the United States, though, this drops to about one firearm
per 10 people," it said.

India had the world's second-largest civilian gun arsenal, with an
estimated 46 million firearms outside law enforcement and the
military, though this represented just four guns per 100 people
there. China, ranked third with 40 million privately held guns, had 3
firearms per 100 people.

Germany, France, Pakistan, Mexico, Brazil and Russia were next in the
ranking of country's overall civilian gun arsenals.

On a per-capita basis, Yemen had the second most heavily armed
citizenry behind the United States, with 61 guns per 100 people,
followed by Finland with 56, Switzerland with 46, Iraq with 39 and
Serbia with 38.

France, Canada, Sweden, Austria and Germany were next, each with
about 30 guns per 100 people, while many poorer countries often
associated with violence ranked much lower. Nigeria, for instance,
had just one gun per 100 people.

"Firearms are very unevenly distributed around the world. The image
we have of certain regions such as Africa or Latin America being
awash with weapons -- these images are certainly misleading," Small
Arms Survey director Keith Krause said.

"Weapons ownership may be correlated with rising levels of wealth,
and that means we need to think about future demand in parts of the
world where economic growth is giving people larger disposable
income," he told a Geneva news conference.

The report, which relied on government data, surveys and media
reports to estimate the size of world arsenals, estimated there were
650 million civilian firearms worldwide, and 225 million held by law
enforcement and military forces.

Five years ago, the Small Arms Survey had estimated there were a
total of just 640 million firearms globally.

"Civilian holdings of weapons worldwide are much larger than we
previously believed," Krause said, attributing the increase largely
to better research and more data on weapon distribution networks.

Only about 12 percent of civilian weapons are thought to be
registered with authorities.

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