Matters of Scale - Small Arms, Big Impact

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Number of McDonald's restaurants in the United States
12500
Number of federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States
250000
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Percentage of war deaths inflicted by major weapons systems (fighter planes, bombers, Smart-bombs, missiles, artillery, etc.) in the last 50 or more wars, worldwide
10
Percentage of deaths in those wars inflicted by small arms
90
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Number of medical doctors in the world (roughly estimated)
6500000
Number of military-style firearms in the world
500000000
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Number of jet fighters that can be purchased for $50 million
1
Number of assault rifles that can be purchased for $50 million
200000
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Number of people in the United States
267000000
Number of guns in the United States, as estimated by the FBI
250000000
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Number of countries in which wars were fought, and in which the combatants were all adults, between 1989 and 1996
6
Number of countries in which wars were fought and in which significant numbers of combatants were children under 15, during the same period
26
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Number of public police officers in the United States in the early 1990s
600000
Number of armed private security officers in the United States during the same period
1500000
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Sources: Michael Renner, Small Arms, Big Impact: The Next Challenge of Disarmament, Worldwatch Paper 137 (Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute, 1997).