Kopel: How many global deaths from arms?
Currently, the United Nations is drafting an Arms Trade Treaty to impose strict controls on firearms and other weapons. In support of hasty adoption of the Treaty, a UN-related organization of Treaty supporters have produced a report claiming that armed violence is responsible for 740,000 deaths annually. This Article carefully examines the claim. We find that the claim is based on du-bious assumptions, cherry-picked data, and mathematical legerde-main which is inexplicably being withheld from the public. The re-fusal to disclose the mathematical calculations used to create the 740,000 factoid is itself cause for serious suspicion; our own calcula-tions indicate that the 740,000 figure is far too high.