Tue | Jul 17, 2018

Lax US gun laws hurting regional neighbours

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

We are aware that the USA has the most liberal gun laws among developed countries and many middle-income countries. We are now being informed that there are more guns in private possession in the USA than in many other countries in the world. The USA also has the highest homicide rate, five per 100,000, among developed countries, with most of these being gun related.

It is interesting to note that the countries in proximity to the USA, with, perhaps, the exception of Canada, have the highest annual homicide rates per 100,000 persons in the world. These are estimated as follows:

Honduras , 90; El Salvador , 41; Guatemala , 40; Jamaica , 39; Belize , 31; Bahamas , 30; Dominican Republic , 25; Mexico ,24; and Panama , 22.

In these countries, the weapon of choice is the gun, and they are not significant gun producers. The USA is.

Let us hope that on this occasion, following the recent shootings in Florida, there will be meaningful gun-control measures adopted in the USA.

Such measures could contribute to the security of all of us.

The USA needs to acknowledge that its lax gun laws have an impact beyond its borders.

ELIZABETH MORGAN

Red Hills Gardens