A history of violence: America and its guns

More American lives have been lost to civilian gun violence than in all the wars the US has fought since 1765

German engineering

Germany has the highest weapons-per-head rate in the world. Thanks to strict laws, its homicide rate is one of the lowest in Europe (Getty)

Just say non to guns

France does not give its citizens the right to bear arms. To own a gun, you have to get a hunting or sporting licence which then has to be repeatedly renewed and requires psychological evaluation.
In photo: The Eiffel Tower is lit up in rainbow colours in memory of the June 2016 Orlando shooting victims. (Getty)

Why fly when you can shoot?

US citizens who visit Islamic State websites can be put on no-fly lists but because of the NRA, they can still buy a gun, President Obama said. (Getty)

1.5 million gun deaths since 1968

According to the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof, about 1.5 million Americans have died in shootings, and gun-related suicides and accidents (Getty)

23-year-old kills 32

In 2007, 23-year-old student Seung Hui Cho killed 32 students and a faculty member at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Getty)

Twenty children killed

In 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut (Getty)

Bowling for Columbine

Gun control took over the popular discourse after a mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999 where 12 children and a teacher were killed. Michael Moore made a film on the shooting called Bowling for Columbine (Getty)

Afghanistan is unsafe?

More human lives have been lost in the US since 2005 due to gun violence than in war-torn Afghanistan during the same period (Getty)

A fundamental right?

The second amendment of the US Constitution reads: '(...) The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed' (Getty)

Licence not required

The Orlando shooter Omar Mateen used a Sig Sauer MCX semi-automatic rifle, a weapon developed for special forces. No licence is required for the weapon in Florida (Getty)

A never-ending story

On June 12, 2016, the American-born Mateen entered a gay club and killed 49 people and wounded 58. It was one of the deadliest mass-shootings in the US.
Police said after Stephen Paddock was shot dead at the Harvest country music festival on Monday, more than 50 people lay dead around him (Getty)