UN warns of epidemic of gun deaths in Latin America(Read article summary)
Nearly three-quarters of a million gun deaths occur each year in Latin America, says the UN, and Honduras and El Salvador have the highest rate of death by firearms in the world.
Camilo Duplat, a representative of the United Nations Regional Center for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC), said that 500,000 of these gun deaths are killings carried out by organized crime or common crime.
According to the official, violence is reaching "epidemic levels" in Latin America due to the availability of firearms, of which there are 80 million in the region.
Duplat said that Honduras and El Salvador had the highest rate of death by firearms in the world, at 77 and 62 per 100,000 inhabitants, while Colombia and Venezuela had rates of 37 deaths by firearm per 100,000 people, and Mexico had 25.