Have you ever wondered what getting shot feels like? What happens to your body when a bullet pierces your skin? Or how much it costs to treat a gunshot? Getting shot is undoubtedly one of the worst things you can experience in your life. However, with tens of thousands of people killed by firearms just in the US alone each year, the chances of experiencing this terrifying phenomenon may not be as small as it seems. Therefore, we decided to compile this list with these 25 Shocking Facts About Getting Shot.
After analyzing 677 shootings, a study carried out by the University of Pennsylvania found that people who carried guns were 4.5 times as likely to be shot and 4.2 times as likely to get killed compared with unarmed citizens.
Getting shot is expensive. According to the New York Times the average cost of a gunshot wound is $14,600 for emergency care and $35,400 for lifetime medical care resulting from the shooting. This does not include such as court costs, mental health care, unemployment, and other expenses.
The average speed of a bullet is around 1,700 mph. (2,500 feet per second). To put this into perspective, the speed of sound is around 761 mph or 1100 feet per second.
In most cases, the bullet will not pass through the victim's body cleanly. Instead, it will ricochet around inside the body as it glances off bone, causing even more damage.
Women who have been severely injured are 14% more likely to survive than similarly injured men. Scientists believe the difference may be due to the negative impact of male sex hormones on a traumatized immune system.
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