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The recent shooting rampage that left 50 people dead in Orlando, Florida, is just the last, but by no means the only incident taking the lives of dozens of people.Gun ownership is particularly relevant in the U.S., where civilians own an estimated 300 million guns, making Americans the most heavily armed people in the world on a per capita basis.A report by the Swiss-based Small Arms Survey states that with less than 5 percent of the world's population, the U.S. has approximately 35 to 50 percent of civilian-owned guns, and it ranks No. 1 in firearms per capita.To make matters even worse for gun control advocates, approximately half of the 50 states in the U.S. have adopted laws that allow gun owners to carry their guns openly in most public places.Although self-defense is often cited to justify the people's right to bear arms, research has shown that a gun kept in a home is 43 times more likely to kill a member of the household or a friend than an intruder.
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