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90 percent of armed violence occurs outside war, study finds

The vast majority of people who die from armed violence each year are killed outside of wars and other conflicts, a global survey of firearms revealed Tuesday.

The Graduate Institute’s annual survey found an average of 526,000 people a year died violently between 2004 and 2009, and that 90 percent of the armed violence did not involve international conflicts or civil wars.

The survey also found that between 42 percent and 60 percent of lethal violence occurs with a firearm, and that civilians hold about three-quarters of the approximately 875 million weapons worldwide.

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