After quite a dramatic fall from 2015/16, the rate of decrease has become less so, but that is inevitable as the level becomes very low. Note that in only 12% of cases were firearms actually fired, and of these, only 2 resulted in death in 2017/2018 and only 1 did so in 2016/17.
More than 39 000 died by firearm in the USA in 2017. About 60 times the population of Scotland but 20 000 times the risk of being killed by shooting? I feel a ‘staycation’ coming on.
Typically, Scotland-blind, the Independent reported:
According to the Independent, there are 50 to 60 gun-deaths per year in England and Wales, suggesting only ten times the population but fifty times the gun deaths. Despite this, the report made much of the achievements of the UK (sic), Japan, Australia and Norway in getting their rates down to levels still much higher than that in Scotland and made no mention of the lessons learned here after Dunblane. Just how 50 to 60 gun-deaths equates to ‘nearly eliminated’ escapes me.