Guns Across The World

Japan

  • Population in 2018: 127,185,332
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 10

From Business Insider:

Japan’s success in curbing gun deaths is intimately linked with its history. Following World War II, pacifism emerged as one of the dominant philosophies in the country. Police only started carrying firearms after American troops made them, in 1946, for the sake of security. It’s also written into Japanese law, as of 1958, that “no person shall possess a firearm or firearms or a sword or swords.”

If Japanese people want to own a gun, they must attend an all-day class, pass a written test, and achieve at least 95% accuracy during a shooting-range test. Then they have to pass a mental-health evaluation, which takes place at a hospital, and pass a background check, in which the government digs into their criminal record and interviews friends and family. They can only buy shotguns and air rifles — no handguns — and every three years they must retake the class and initial exam.

Japan has also embraced the idea that fewer guns in circulation will result in fewer deaths. Each prefecture — which ranges in size from half a million people to 12 million, in Tokyo — can operate a maximum of three gun shops; new magazines can only be purchased by trading in empty ones; and when gun owners die, their relatives must surrender the deceased member’s firearms.

Sweden

  • Population in 2018: 10,026,586
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 41

Switzerland

  • Population in 2018: 8,544,034
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 47

United Kingdom

  • Population in 2018: 66,809,412
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 50

Israel

  • Population in 2018: 8,452,841
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 105

Australia

  • Population in 2018: 24,964,327
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 207

United States

  • Population in 2018: 329,093,106
  • Guns in 2018: 393,347,000
  • Deaths by guns in 2018: 39,773

Superb Owl


Gazer, a barred owl, is unable to see well enough to hunt and fend for herself in the wild due to a genetic cataract, so she has called AWARE Wildlife Center home since she was a tiny ball of fluff.

AWARE, which stands for Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort, began accepting wildlife patients in 2006 and cares for anywhere between 1,500 and 2,000 injured, sick and orphaned animals native to Georgia each year. It is the state’s largest wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education center.

Marjan Ghadrdan, director of animal care for AWARE Wildlife Center, poses with Gazer in the above picture. The owl serves as one of the center’s animal ambassadors that help educate the community on native wildlife species and how to care for and coexist with them.