Handgun Safety

THERE ARE TOO MANY VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE

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IN ONE YEAR ON AVERAGE* (all ages)

Over 108,000 (108,476) people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.

32,514 people die from gun violence:

  • 11,294 people are murdered.
  • 19,992 people kill themselves.
  • 561 people are killed unintentionally.
  • 414 are killed by police intervention.
  • 254 die but intent is not known.

75,962 people survive gun injuries:

  • 55,009 people are injured in an attack.
  • 3,791 people survive a suicide attempt.
  • 16,334 people are shot unintentionally.
  • 827 people are shot by police intervention.

IN ONE YEAR ON AVERAGE* (ages 0-19)

Over 17,000 (17,499) American children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention.

2,677 kids die from gun violence:

  • 1,671 children and teens are murdered.
  • 827 children and teens kill themselves.
  • 124 children and teens killed unintentionally.
  • 24 are killed by police intervention.
  • 30 die but the intent was unknown.

14,822 kids survive gun injuries:

  • 11,420 are injured in an attack.
  • 280 survive a suicide attempt.**
  • 3,061 are shot unintentionally.
  • 62 are shot in a police intervention.**

 

EVERY DAY ON AVERAGE* (all ages)

  • Every day, 297 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention.
  • Every day, 89 people die from gun violence: 31 are murdered; 55 kill themselves; 2 are killed unintentionally; 1 is killed by police intervention; 1 intent unknown.
  • Every day, 208 are shot and survive: 151 shot in an assault; 10 survive a suicide attempt; 45 are shot unintentionally, 2 are shot in a police intervention.

EVERY DAY ON AVERAGE* (ages 0-19)

  • Every day, 48 children and teens are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention.
  • Every day, 7 children and teens die from gun violence: 5 are murdered; 2 kill themselves.
  • Every day, 41 children and teens are shot and survive: 31 shot in an assault; 1 survives a suicide attempt; 8 are shot unintentionally.

This information was provided by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. The Brady Campaign averaged the most recent five years of complete data (2009-2013) from death certificates and estimates of emergency room admissions available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars/. Data retrieved 1.22.15. Numbers may not sum to 100% because of rounding. **Estimate may be unstable.

A complete copy of these figures is pubished at: http://www.bradycampaign.org/sites/default/files/Gun-Death-Injury-Stat-Sheet-5-Year-Average-2013-Updates-Jan-2015.pdf

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