According to Der Spiegel, one of Germany’s premier political magazines, German policemen fired 85 bullets in 2011. 49 of those were warning shots. 36 were aimed at humans. From those shots, 15 people were injured and six died. Germany has 80 million people, which is about a quarter of the population of the United States (317 million people in 2014).
In comparison, in April of 2011 in the U.S., police fired 84 shots at one murder suspect in Harlem. In another case, they fired 90 shots at one fleeing unarmed man in Los Angeles. I am not sure it is even possible to find out how many bullets American policemen fired in one year. Please comment if you know.
In this country, we associate guns with freedom and safety. How did that happen?
German citizens are allowed to have guns, under certain conditions. Germans actually have more guns than any European nation. However, gun registration laws are extremely strict and background checks apply.
The firearm related death rate per 100,000 population in the U.S. (in 2011) was 10.3. For Germany, the rate (in 2010) was 1.24.
Which country is safer? The one with strict gun laws, or the United States?
Empirical evidence comparing statistics with just one other modern country suggests that strict gun laws result in a much lower death rate due to guns.
I do not see how stricter laws, registration requirements and background checks adversely affect our freedom or our rights.
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