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Dec 31st, 2009 at 12:15 GMT
ukraine is spelt wrong- should have "e"
Jan 1st, 2010 at 00:32 GMT
if texas were an independent country, we probably wouldnt be on this list, and i dont mean that as an insult
Jan 1st, 2010 at 18:33 GMT
This is per resident, so Kentucky would be at the top... LOL.
Jan 6th, 2010 at 02:47 GMT
Pff and there I was guessing countries like Somalia, Ethiopia, etc, and what I was missing was Austria, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
Jan 18th, 2010 at 10:06 GMT
The Nordic country is really surprising. It's so contrast to their settled image.
Jan 19th, 2010 at 18:42 GMT
Don't know about Sweden, but pretty much all of the guns in Finland are registered and everything and you need a licence, and most of them are probably just for hunting the bears walking down the streets, so it's not like they're used for shooting other people on the head.
Jan 19th, 2010 at 18:44 GMT
@Duke_of_prunes, @ulashima: I guess there are three main things contributing to high gun ownership rates: violence, rurality (if that's a word!) and _wealth_. So having large wild areas (hence a lot of farmers, rangers, etc.) is why countries like Finland and Canada are on there, despite being relatively peaceful; conversely, somewhere like Somalia is lawless and violent, but most people are too poor to have guns. And much of the USA is pretty high on all three counts... I am not a sociologist, though!
Jan 19th, 2010 at 20:06 GMT
Very interesting quiz. Interesting about all those nordic countries having all those firearms. I thought guns were illegal in Australia though.
Jan 19th, 2010 at 21:33 GMT
The Swiss have a lot of guns for being so neutral
Jan 19th, 2010 at 22:04 GMT
Guns aren't illegal anywhere I don't think. There is just hugely varying laws between countries on how easy access is and if there is a right to access. In Australia you must have a legitimate reason for wanting a gun, living in a remote area is one.
Jan 20th, 2010 at 01:28 GMT
Automatic & Semi-Automatic weapons are illegal in Australia. Lots of farmers though who have access to hunting rifles & shotguns
Jan 20th, 2010 at 07:18 GMT
Please accept "United Kingdom" and "United States" spelled out...
Jan 20th, 2010 at 21:53 GMT
@ burningriver: I don't know the law in Switzerland exactly but they do still have some sort of compulsary amilitary service for males over a certain age. A requirement of this is the personal ownership of weaponary which will almost certainly include guns/ fireams and probably the legendary knife!
Jan 21st, 2010 at 01:57 GMT
@burningriver That's how they put all the holes in Swiss cheese.
Jan 24th, 2010 at 05:54 GMT
Kiribati, gun ownership is illegal for residents (non-police, regular army, of course) of South Korea, and probably North Korea too. I'm sure there are more countries.
Jan 25th, 2010 at 23:46 GMT
don't get UK being so high,always tought guns were rare there since even the police have few
Jan 29th, 2010 at 03:17 GMT
If you read the link it explains it better - it's the number of civilian owned guns divided by the total population of the country. So it doesn't mean that 90% of Americans have guns, just that there are people who have a large number of guns.
Feb 15th, 2010 at 17:31 GMT
WOW. I am shocked at how these numbers are.
Feb 17th, 2010 at 08:25 GMT
For those wondering about Switzerland; They have no standing army really, but almost everyone must serve a few years of compulsory military service, and as such almost every single Swiss resident is given a firearm to keep in their house and is trained to use one, just in case they are ever attacked or invaded. Protip, never try and rob somebody's house in Switzerland, LOL!
Feb 22nd, 2010 at 01:09 GMT
Guns are illegal in South Korea, unless you are in the army. An episode of The Simpsons involved a gun, and the Korean animators said they didn't know how to make them, so the creators of The Simpsons sent them some shoot-em-up movies.
Mar 12th, 2010 at 16:46 GMT
Based on the source, I would presume that some of these estimates are wildly inaccurate, especially those in developin countries, but also how effectively can they determine illegal ownership of guns.
May 6th, 2011 at 16:48 GMT
guns per country?? you probably know this because you go to all the countries of the world and kill little children.
Feb 21st, 2012 at 06:23 GMT
not sure where the data is from but id say more people in Afghanistan have guns than in New Zealand.
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