(1): The U.S. government has been the world’s largest arms dealer for the past three decades.
(2): The U.S. gun death rate was 10.6 per 100,000 people in 2016, the most recent year in the study, which
used a somewhat different methodology from the CDC. That was far higher than in countries such as Canada
(2.1 per 100,000) and Australia (1.0), and European nations such as France (2.7), Germany (0.9) and Spain (0.6).
Pew Research Center Data
There are several barriers to buying a gun in America. Still, there are generally so many loopholes in the current laws — even fairly restrictive city and state laws — that most people can buy a gun without too much of a problem. 
United States
Gun ownership rate (2007): 88.8 guns per 100 people
Gun homicide rate (2012): 29.7 per 1 million people
FRANCIS: I am not against gun ownership in the USA. I do want stricter background checks, and a ban on certain types of firearms, notably assault weapons

Note: The cartridges used are non-functioning and inert.
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