Sources: GAGV Gun Violence Facts
It is difficult to get a comprehensive look at the incidence, causes and potential solutions related to gun violence because Congress has prohibited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from researching the topic (as the non-partisan agency does for all other public health issues).
That is why GAGV has drawn its facts for use in public education efforts from a variety of sources – nonprofits, public agencies, media and others – which we share along with facts below.
Nearly 35,000 firearm deaths – more than 90 per day – occur annually in the U.S. That’s nearly as many as die in motor vehicle accidents, and more than the total number of suspected and confirmed cases of Ebola worldwide in 2014. (CDC.gov)
It’s also nearly 5,000 more deaths over the same period than those caused by opioids – something that is widely regarded today as an epidemic requiring legislative action. (CDC.gov)
33% of these deaths are homicides, 63% are suicides, 4% are accidental. (CDC.gov)
Terrorist attacks are not the principal cause of gun deaths in the U.S. From 2005-2015, 71 Americans were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. In the same time period, 301,797 people were killed by gun violence.
Mass shootings account for less than 2% of gun deaths.
Once every 16 hours, an American woman is fatally shot by a current or former domestic partner .
The annual cost of gun violence is $229 billion – more than $700 per American per year. Direct costs total $8.6 billion a year; $221 billion are indirect costs such as lost wages and quality of life factors.
A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to kill or injure in a domestic homicide, suicide or accidental shooting than used in self-defense.
Total gun deaths in Kansas in 2014: 328, 11.3 per 100,000 population;
Facts about background checks
90% of Americans, 84% of gun owners and 74% of NRA members support background checks for all gun purchases.
In the 16 states (neither of which is Missouri or Kansas) requiring background checks for all handgun sales, fewer women are shot to death by an intimate partner, fewer people kill themselves with a handgun and fewer law enforcement officers are shot with a handgun.
Facts about children and guns
Of the 90 individuals killed by guns daily, seven are children/teens. (bradycampaign.org)
On average, a toddler who finds an unsecured, loaded gun in the home accidentally shoots someone about once a week. (Massachusetts Medical (Society for Public Health and Education, Washington Post)
Every 30 minutes a child or teenager is injured or killed by a gun. (childrensdefense.org)
Compared to other countries, American children are 12 times more likely to be killed by a gun.
Children between the ages of 5 and 14 in the United States are 17 times more likely to be murdered by firearms than children in other industrialized nations.