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States with loose firearm regulations have a higher number of gun deaths each year.

After two high-profile shootings in the span of five days — including one Wednesday in San Bernardino, California — America's frequent rash of gun violence is again in the spotlight.

And the data backs up the impression that this happens more often in the US than in other countries.

The Americas have by far the worst gun problem in the world, with the weapons used in 66% of homicides. That compares with 13% to 28% in other regions, according to a 2013 United Nations report.

The region, which includes North America, South America, and the Caribbean islands, also has the world's highest murder rate, at 16.3 per 100,000 people. The global average is 6.2 per 100,000, according to the report.

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