Facts about Gun Violence

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Gun Violence Statistics

Gun Violence Statistics

• Among high-income countries, the United States accounts for 80 percent of all gun deaths in the world, 86 percent of all women killed by guns, and 87 percent of all children younger than 14 who are killed by guns.
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A child or teen dies from a gun every 2 hours and 48 minutes

A child or teen dies from a gun every 2 hours and 48 minutes

• 3,128 children and teens died from guns in the United States in 2016, one every 2 hours and 48 minutes.

• The children and teens who died from guns in 2016 would fill 156 classrooms of 20 children.

• As shocked as the nation was by the 2012 Newtown massacre, more children and teens died from guns every three days in 2016 than died on that day.

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Black children and teens are disproportionately affected by gun violence

Black children and teens are disproportionately affected by gun violence

• In 2016, 43 percent of gun deaths were among Black children and teens, although they made up only 14 percent of all children and teens.
• 1,335 Black children and teens were killed by guns in 2016, one every 6 hours and 34 minutes.
• The gun death rate for Black children and teens was nearly four times that for White children and teens and more than 8 times that for Asian and Pacific Islander children and teens.
• The majority of gun deaths among Black children and teens were by homicide. The majority of deaths by White children and teens were by suicide. A gun in the home increases the risk of homicide, suicide and accidental death.
• Guns are more often used to cause harm than in self-protection. A gun in the home makes the likelihood of homicide three times higher, suicide three to five times higher, and accidental death four times higher. For each time a gun in the home injures or kills in self-defense, there are 11 completed and attempted gun suicides, seven criminal assaults and homicides with a gun, and four unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.
• More than half of youth who committed suicide with a gun obtained the gun from their home, usually a parent’s gun.