U.S. ranks happiest among heavily armed nations

U.S. flag and gun

Symbols of unfettered joy.

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The World Happiness Report for 2015 is out, and while the U.S. ranks only 15th among all nations, it is No. 1 among countries with a heavily armed populace.

Columbia University's Earth Institute first published its World Happiness Report in 2012. The third edition, released Thursday, shows Switzerland grabbing the top slot, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia.

After that comes Israel, Costa Rica, Austria and Mexico, followed by the United States.

Of course, happiness is subjective, as are the criteria used to measure happiness. The Earth Institute uses "real GDP per capita, healthy years of life expectancy, social support (as measured by having someone to count on in times of trouble), trust (as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business), perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity (as measured by recent donations, adjusted for differences in income)."

But what about factoring in a real indicator of personal happiness? We're talking, of course, about gun ownership. Just look at the numbers:

Guns per 100 residents (2014)

90.0 -- United States

69.7 -- Serbia

54.8 -- Yemen

45.7 -- Switzerland

36.1 -- Cyprus

Those are the top gun-owning countries, and as you can see, the U.S. is far in the lead. In fact, it's really the only truly heavily armed country. Which, as we know, makes millions of Americans positively orgasmic. 

It's time for the NRA to unskew the World Happiness Report. Or shoot it.

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