Stop sharing 30 year old stats. Use these instead

"West Germany" really should be a clue.

In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, a lot of people have been sharing this image:

It's powerful, sure. But it also dates from 1979, and so is a tiny bit out of date. (The fact that it's called "West Germany" should give it away). So I made an updated one. The figures come from the Guardian datablog, and aren't strictly comparable; they're for all guns, not just handguns, and they don't aggregate "Great Britain" together, so I had to add together the England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland figures and called it "United Kingdom" instead.

Also, the fact that I couldn't match the font perfectly hurts me like nothing else.

Still, if you must share one, please use this one:

Updated, UK not GB

Alex Hern is a technology reporter for the Guardian. He was formerly staff writer at the New Statesman. You should follow Alex on Twitter.

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Cabinet audit: what does the appointment of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary mean for policy?

The political and policy-based implications of the new Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

The world shared a stunned silence when news broke that Boris Johnson would be the new Foreign Secretary. Johnson, who once referred to black people as “piccaninnies” and more recently accused the half-Kenyan President of the United States of only commenting on the EU referendum because of bitterness about colonialism, will now be Britain’s representative on the world stage.

His colourful career immediately came back to haunt him when US journalists accused him of “outright lies” and reminded him of the time he likened Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to a “sadistic nurse”. Johnson’s previous appearances on the international stage include a speech in Beijing where he maintained that ping pong was actually the Victorian game of “whiff whaff”.

But Johnson has always been more than a blond buffoon, and this appointment is a shrewd one by May. His popularity in the country at large, apparently helped by getting stuck on a zip line and having numerous affairs, made him an obvious threat to David Cameron’s premiership. His decision to defect to the Leave campaign was widely credited with bringing it success. He canned his leadership campaign after Michael Gove launched his own bid, but the question of whether his chutzpah would beat May’s experience and gravity is still unknown.

In giving BoJo the Foreign Office, then, May hands him the photo opportunities he craves. Meanwhile, the man with real power in international affairs will be David Davis, who as Brexit minister has the far more daunting task of renegotiating Britain’s trade deals.