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Subject: "Annual Gun related deaths in the United States and Western Europe"
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: tabourot-ga
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Posted: 11 Dec 2003 08:55 PST
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Question ID: 286043
I need actual statistics for the number of gun related deaths in the
United States annually as well as the statistics for gun related
deaths in the countries of western Europe for comparison.  How do I go
about searching for this information?

Request for Question Clarification by leli-ga on 11 Dec 2003 10:10 PST
Hello tabourot

I have found figures from an authoritative source for the USA, Western
Europe and some other countries.

There is one set of statistics for each country, mostly from 1999 or
1998, with some from earlier years. It was said to be the most recent
available data in September 2001, and was published in an
international report in 2002.

The figures are for three categories: gun-related murders, suicides
and fatal accidents.

Would this be a suitable answer? 

Thanks - Leli

Clarification of Question by tabourot-ga on 11 Dec 2003 15:04 PST
For leli-ga-

These would be excellent statistics and exactly what I am looking for.
 Please forward as soon as possible.


Subject: Re: "Annual Gun related deaths in the United States and Western Europe"
Answered By: leli-ga on 11 Dec 2003 23:09 PST
Thank-you, Tabourot.

Sorry you've had to wait for this. I'm in the UK and wasn't awake when
you sent your message.

The World Health Organisation has the figures you need in a table at
the end of the "World Report on Violence and Health".

This is a link to the "Statistical Annex" to the report.

You need table A10 on pages 322 and 323:

"Firearm-related mortality, by manner of death and country, most
recent year available between 1990 and 2000
Firearm-related deaths: Homicide, Suicide, Unintentional, Undetermined"

There are a few notes at the end explaining points like: 
"No. = number of deaths; rate = number of deaths per 100,000 population. 
The rate was not calculated if fewer than 20 deaths were reported."

At the beginning of the "Statistical Annex" the WHO says:

"Each year, over 100 countries send detailed information
on the number of deaths from various
diseases, illnesses or injuries to the World Health
Organization (WHO). Data from these WHO
Member States are compiled from vital registration
systems using the International Classification of
Diseases (ICD) codes ( 1, 2). National vital registration
systems capture about 17 million deaths that
occur annually throughout the world. Data from
these registration systems, as well as from surveys,
censuses and epidemiological studies, are analysed
by the World Health Organization to determine
patterns of causes of death for countries, regions
and the world."

(To read a pdf document like this you will need Acrobat Reader on your
computer. If you don't already have it, please go here:    )

For the entire report, go to:

Summaries can be reached from here:


While searching, I also came across these additional pages which might
be of interest:

US gun-related death figures at the National Center for Health Statistics:

Canada - firearms homicide rates 1974 -2001

Canada - firearms deaths 1970-1999

England and Wales - Homicides by Shooting 1991-2000

Further international comparisons:

And this is where I discovered that the WHO had extensive data on
firearm mortality:
They also have a table comparing "Gun deaths per 100,000 population"
for the USA, Switzerland, Scotland, England & Wales, and Japan using
"Data collected by Philip Alpers, Harvard Injury Control Research
Center, and HELP Network".

I hope this gives you exactly what you need, but if you would like any
clarification, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best wishes - Leli

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