Nation: THE TOLL

SINCE the turn of the century, nearly 800,000 U.S. citizens have been killed by privately owned guns, v. 630,768 Americans killed in all the nation's wars.

The U.S. suffered more than 20,000 gun fatalities last year, including 7,000 murders and homicides, 3,000 accidental deaths and 10,000 suicides. Another 100,000 were wounded by gunfire.

Ten nations surpass the U.S. in overall homicide rates, all of them Latin lands, where violence is stimulated by the code of machismo. But with a rate of 5.6 homicides per 100,000, the U.S. has the dubious distinction of outpacing, by far, all other industrialized nations which have stringent gun...

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