In his Oct. 10 letter “More gun control is not answer to deaths”, Peter Henningson lists Australia and the UK (United Kingdom) as countries “which have more restrictive gun laws than the United States but still have homicide rates much higher than ours.”
In fact, Mr. Henningson’s statement is incorrect. Global data reported by The Work Bank indicate that the international homicide rate by “any” means in the United States is five times higher than it is in either the UK or Australia, even though all three nations have similarly diverse populations in terms of race, religion and ethnicity.
The overall murder rate in the United States is five per 100,000. The World Bank data can be found at data.worldbank.org/indicator/ VC.IHR.PSRC.P5.
Mr. Henningston invokes the tired pro-gun slogan, “People kill people, not guns...”
But the clear fact is that if you live in the UK or Australia, with their sensible gun regulations, you are five times less likely to be a murder victim than you are in our country.