Is actor Ron Perlman correct? Are these statistics accurate?
As I was saying, shooting a little indie in Canada and just learned something interesting. Did you know that Canadians own more guns per capita than anyone in the US? And did you know that the human death rate here is zero? So what’s the difference? No automatic guns. Muthafuckas (from @perlmutations)
Beware of search term bias, but let's
start here, searching on the terms Canadians own more guns
After searching, we see a chart up top from Wikipedia. But it makes it look like Canada is actually 7th. Perhaps the U.S. is even lower? Let's click through.
Nope, the U.S. appears to be #1 here, and not by a little bit. By a lot. There are 35 guns per 100 persons in Canada But in the U.S. there are actually more guns than people.
Is Perlman citing some other figure? Scanning the information about how the chart was compiled, we do note that this computation covers both licit and illicit guns, but it's hard to believe that that can account for a nearly 4:1 difference.
Trying to figure out where Perlman got this idea (and whether he might have another figure in mind) we head back to the Google SERP, and see a fact-check. Let's check it out.
The figures in this article are slightly different but more or less the same -- the U.S. is number one in per capita gun ownership, with Canada far behind. However, we likely know where this misinformation originated from. Let's not spread it further.