U.S. gun-related homicide as likely as a fatal car crash
This is one debate which is fought fiercely from both sides with conflicting arguments consistently being thrown into the ring. What can't be disputed, however, is just how many people are killed by guns in the U.S. and how unfavourably these figures compare to the rest of the developed world. New York Times research has revealed that the rate of gun-related homicides in the United States is about the same as that of people dying in a car accident.
If this isn't startling enough, the chances of such a homicide occurring in Japan are equal to that of being killed by a lightning strike in the U.S. - 0.1 deaths per million population. Further up the scale, a comparable rate for Canada would be alcohol poisoning. In England an agricultural accident and in Scotland a cataclysmic storm. You are as likely in China to be killed by somebody with a gun as you are in the states to die in a plane crash.
This infographic shows average gun-related homicide rates in different countries and comparable causes of death in the U.S.