America is the gun violence capital of the world. According to FBI crime statistics, there were 9,146 murders by firearm in 2009.
Being in Ireland you probably don't hear about it as much, but I assure you, America is NOT the gun violence capital of the world.
Here in Texas, there are bullets that come from across the border on a daily basis. I promise you, Mexico is the gun violence capital of the world.
There are many people who are murdered in Mexico with firearms that no one ever hears about...... and there are plenty of others murdered by other means that are never reported either...