Latin America's murder rate is the highest in the world, accounting for one in every four homicides on the planet.
South Africa has stubbornly high rates of violent crime. More concerning, though, is that the latest crime stats suggest the recent increase in murders is not slowing - it may even continue.
The current debate over the right to bear arms versus regulation is at a stalemate, but a new dialogue that focuses on the social burden of firearms might provide a new way forward.
Gun makers are trying to dismiss the potentially precedent-setting suit, claiming a federal law gives them immunity.
Given the strict laws governing access to and types of gun allowable in the UK, how do guns get into the hands of criminals?
Though the perpetrators of the mass shooting in California appear to have acquired their guns legally, the vast majority used in violent crimes are obtained illegally.
Compared to 9/11, the recent attacks by ISIS were coordinated, but not costly.
The sad truth is that it's all too easy to get hold of automatic weapons in Europe.
The rate of fatal shootings has fallen in Australia, the US and other nations in recent decades. Yet anti- and pro-gun ideology still makes it hard to have a sensible discussion about gun violence.