The Facts Alarm Us
We are concerned about the alarming statistics surrounding gun violence and the terrible toll it has taken on our country. Based on available national statistics*, we know that:
- Gun violence costs the United States $229 billion, or $700 per American per year.
- There are about 90 gun deaths per day in the U.S. (nearly 35,000 annually). 33% are homicides; 63% are suicides; and 4% are unintentional, many involving children with no intent to harm.
- Of these 90 gun deaths per day, 7 are children killed by guns.
- Compared to other countries, American children are 12 times more likely to be killed by a gun.
- Locally, statistics from 2014 for Kansas and Missouri combined are 1,267 deaths by firearms.
Sources for these and other facts are cited here.
Information about current-year gun violence is updated daily here.
*Influential gun rights advocates have pressured political leaders to shut down gun research. The result: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other scientific agencies lost funding for gun-related research.