The charts are quite interesting, and it's worth noting that the states with the higher murder rates from guns are generally red states. But, it's good to see that since Obama got elected, gun crime has declined. Gun crime statistics by US state: download the data. Visualised | World news | guardian.co.uk The US has the highest gun ownership rate in the world - there are 89 guns for every 100 Americans, compared to 6 in England and Wales. And the murder figures themselves are astounding for Brits used to around 550 murders per year. In 2011 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,664 murders in the US. Of those, 8,583 were caused by firearms.