Gun violence has killed 6.5m people worldwide since 1990
For more than 500 years guns have been responsible for meting out violence. A new paper published in JAMA, a medical journal, by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington provides perhaps the best global estimates to date of how severe that violence is. The paper finds that in 2016 alone some 250,000 people were killed by guns (the study excludes deaths from war and at the hands of police). In total, between 1990 and 2016, some 6.5m people were killed by firearms, greater than the number that succumbed to typhoid fever or alcohol-related deaths.