All sectors of Honduras's economy suffer from corruption. Patronage, clientelism, and gifts are widespread, and bribery is a part of doing business.
The highest rates of firearm related deaths occur in Honduras, Venezuela, Swaziland, Guatemala, and Jamaica. Honduras experiences more firearm-related deaths than any other country in the world. Here, 67.18 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people occur annually. Additionally, this country has the highest homicide rate in the world; 78.6% of all homicides are by gun. Until 1985, this country had no laws regulating the sale and possession of firearms and it was not until 2007 that carrying weapons was made illegal. Citizens are allowed to own up to 5 guns, but can only carry them on private property (like homes, businesses, or farms), and they must be in a case that does not allow for immediate use. The owner must register with the National Arms Registry.
This article showcases the reaction in other countries to mass shootings as conpaired to that of America’s. As well as introduces the restrictions that the others began to implement in reaction to mass shootings.
The second amendment of the United States gives its citizens the right to own guns and from some perspectives, allows people to be killed by fellow citizens armed with guns than in any other high-income nation in the world. Americans own the most guns per person in the world. Additionally, there are more public mass shootings in America than in any other country in the world. Other countries which limit gun availability have significantly less gun violence. In Australia, for example, four mass shootings occurred between 1987 and 1996. After those incidents, public opinion turned against gun ownership and Parliament passed stricter gun laws. Australia hasn't had a mass shooting since.
This article provides a simple answer; the USA contains a plethora of guns compared to many other countries. Many countries have made it a lot harder to purchase, and own a gun.
Offences concerning firearms in England and Wales have plummeted completely since Michael Ryan shoot and killed 16 people in 1987 dead as well as himself. Ryan was carrying a handgun and two semi-automatic rifles. The result ended in taking away the right to own semi-automatic firearms as well as pump action weapons. Precautions such as mandatory shotgun registry were also implemented. Later in 1996 another shooting occurred when Thomas Hamilton shot and killed 16, 6 year olds as well as their teacher. The shock effected the whole side of the world leaving many to take action once again. A public petetion was presented and signed by 750,000 people as a symbol of change was presented as necessary. Much fewer mass shootings have taken in place in the UK since these serious precautions.
What was so interesting about some of the countries highlighted in this article, was the commonality of mental health examinations & license renewal. Majority of those responsible for mass shootings in the US, are typically found to be mentally ill. Protocol found in countries like these could majorly benefit our own.
Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. Japan employs several laws that restrict gun ownership. Requirements consist of an all-day class, a written exam and at least a 95% on a shooting-range test. Additionally, there are also mental health and drugs tests. Criminal records are also checked and police look for links to extremist groups. Overall, Japan employs strict laws to limit gun ownership, and in turn have significantly low levels of gun violence.
What Americans can learn—and must learn—from a two-decade-old firearm policy in Australia. Not only has there not been a mass shooting occurred since 1996, whenever buybacks and bans were implemented, homicide and suicide rates have drastically decreased. Mainly due to the fact, without access to a gun, death can be overpowered and terror can be stopped.