USA - High Death Rate from Guns

Arno Froese

The United States has the 28th-highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world: 4.43 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017—far greater than what is seen in other wealthy countries.

And the national rate of gun violence in the U.S. is higher than in many low-income countries.

The 2017 figures also paint a fairly rosy picture for much of the rest of the world. Deaths from gun violence are rare even in many countries that are extremely poor—such as Bangladesh, which saw 0.07 deaths per 100,000 people.

Prosperous Asian countries such as Singapore and Japan boast the absolute lowest rates, though the United Kingdom and Germany are in almost as good shape.

On a state-by-state calculation, the rates can be even higher. In the District of Columbia, the rate is 16.34 per 100,000 — the highest in the United States. In Louisiana, the rate is 10.68 per 100,000. In Texas and Ohio — the scene of two mass shootings at the beginning of August — the rates are close to the national average: 4.74 per 100,000 in Texas and 4.60 in Ohio.

-www.npr.org, 5 August 2019

Arno's commentary

“It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” says Hebrews 9:27. But this type of death is due to violence. What are Christians to make of it? Simply follow the example given in Holy Scripture. Neither the prophets nor the apostles or the early Church made use of violence as defense. In Acts, we read that the early Church was threatened and ordered not to preach in the name of Jesus by the religious authority. How did they react? Sign petitions, join protest marches? Here is what Acts 4:24 says: “And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord…” What was the result? Verse 31 documents: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.”

As for the cultural and social aspect of this tragic issue, there is virtually 100% proof—more guns, more bodies.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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