U.S. sees high incidence of gun-related crimes: report

00:43, April 11, 2011      

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The United States ranks first in the world in terms of the number of privately-owned guns and had high incidence of gun-related crimes, said the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2010 issued here Sunday.

The report, issued by the Information Office of China's State Council, said the United States exercised lax control on the already rampant gun ownership.

Some 90 million people own an estimated 200 million guns in the United States, which has a population of about 300 million, the report said citing figures from the public media.

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled on June 28, 2010 that the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution gives Americans the right to bear arms that can not be violated by state and local governments, thus extending the Americans' rights to own a gun for self-defense purposes to the entire country, it said.

Statistics showed there were 12,000 gun murders a year in the United States, the report said.

Figures released by the U.S. Department of Justice on October 13, 2010 showed weapons were used in 22 percent of all violent crimes in the United States in 2009, and about 47 percent of robberies were committed with arms, it said.

The report also said that the frequent campus shootings in colleges in the United States came to the spotlight in recent years.

A new law that looks certain to pass through the legislature in Texas, the United States, would allow half a million students and teachers in its 38 public colleges to carry guns on campus. It would become only the second state, after Utah, to enforce such a rule, said the report citing what was reported by the United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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