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The U.S. ranks 1st in small arms imports

According to the Small Arms Survey, in 2008 the United States imported $1,220,000,000 worth of small arms and light weapons. That is enough to make the United States rank first out of fifty-nine countries ranked in that category.

“Small Arms Imports.xlsx”

  1. Steve G.
    20 December 2012 at 9:26 am

    The headline, The U.S. ranks 1st in small arms imports, doesn’t do the graph justice. The US ranks 1st by a factor of 10.

  2. Mark
    20 December 2012 at 9:47 am

    I know what you mean. The graph kind of looks like a handgun, doesn’t it?

  3. Anonymous
    20 December 2012 at 11:47 am

    re small arms imports, how about per capita?

    what is a gravatar?

  4. Mark
    20 December 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Small arms imports per capita would be a good ranking. If you come across it, please send it my way. (My policy is to not create rankings on my own but to report and visualize rankings made by credible sources.)

    Regarding your question about gravatars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravatar

  5. RoseAnne | The Health Wish
    21 December 2012 at 1:37 pm

    If you do the per capita math using this chart and country population data, Canada imports about 30% more (in dollars) per person than the US. Funny how you can twist data for set purpose.

  6. Mark
    21 December 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the information. I’m not sure who your comment about twisting data was directed toward. If it was directed toward me, please recall that my policy is to report rankings that I find, not rankings that I create. It is possible that the Small Arms Survey has a particular reason for tracking national aggregate data as opposed to per capita data, but you would have to check their website to determine that.

  7. 21 December 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Sorry, Mark – I did not mean to imply you were twisting data. I realized it would look that way after I pressed Enter. What I meant is that this could be used to impress non-thinking people with what appears to be a lop-sided statistic that does not hold up when the per capita data is looked at. By the way – Norway, per capita, imports almost 5 times as much as we do!

    Thanks for posting all of this info.

  8. Mark
    21 December 2012 at 1:57 pm

    You’re welcome.

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