Guns and gun violence in the United States are especially sensitive topics. There’s no getting around that. However, it’s hard to deny guns and gun ownership make a heavy impact on our society, and unfortunately, much of that is disturbing and very costly. Using data from peer-reviewed journals, we’re going to present some tough-to-read gun violence facts. It’ll be hard to stomach but hopefully, it’ll help you better understand the situation we face in the United States. Here are 25 Disturbing Facts About Gun Violence You Won’t Want To Believe.
The number of firearm victims is staggering.
In 2011, 467,321 people were victims of a crime with a firearm, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey. The FBI showed 68 percent of murders involved a firearm in the same year.
There are more guns in the United States than people.
There’s no denying the United States has a massive amount of guns among the civilian population. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, 350 million guns are in circulation in the US. That’s 113 guns for every 100 people.
More guns means more suicides.
According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2013, 21,175 people committed suicide by firearm, a significant increase since 2006. It was the 10th leading cause of death in that year.
More guns means more homicides.
Two out of three homicide victims in America die from firearms. A study from 2001 to 2003 by the Harvard School of Public Health concluded that states with higher rates of gun ownership in the home consequently had much higher homicide rates of men, women, and children.
More people die by guns than cars.
According to the CDC, in 2015, more people died from guns than automobile accidents. 36,161 people died from vehicles while 36,252 died from firearms.
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