Guns in America: How’s It Working Out for Us?

More than 12,000 people have died from gun-related violence so far this year and more than 23,506 others were injured. (Gun Violence Archive)

Every day, 342 people in America are shot in murders, assaults, suicides & suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, and police intervention. (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence)


(Image by Mike Cook)

In 2016 gun homicides made up 74.5 percent of all homicides in the United States — the highest share in well over 80 years of complete federal data. (Wonkblog)

Americans are more likely to die from gun violence than the combined risks of drowning, fire and smoke, stabbing, choking on food, airplane crashes, animal attacks, and natural disasters.(Business Insider)

Since 1968, when these figures were first collected, there have been 1,516,863 gun-related deaths on US territory. Since the founding of the United States, there have been 1,396,733 war deaths. (The Guardian)

99.85% of Americans will know a victim of gun violence (Preventive Medicine)

Gun deaths and injuries jump 70% in the weeks following (some) nearby gun shows. (Annals of Internal Medicine)

Every day, 8 children and teens die from gun violence: 4 are murdered, 3 die from suicide and 1 is killed unintentionally (Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence)

1.7 million children live with unlocked, loaded guns – 1 out of 3 homes with kids have guns. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

In states with increased gun availability, death rates from gunshots for children were higher than in states with less availability. (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

About 50 women a month are shot to death by intimate partners in the U.S. (Everytown for Gun Safety)

The number of mass shootings in the US this year has already reached 297 (Business Insider)

The rate at which public mass shootings occur has tripled since 2011. (Business Insider)

In the U.S., firearms remain the most common method of suicide, accounting for 51% of all suicides committed. One study found that military veterans used firearms in about 67% of suicides in 2014. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

America has 4.4 percent of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian-owned guns around the world. (Vox)

Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. (CBS 2017)

Although it has half the population of the other 22 high-income  nations combined, the U.S. had 82 percent of all gun deaths, 90 percent of all women killed with guns, 91 percent of children under 14 and 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed with guns. (CBS)

The U.S. is ranked 4th out of 34 developed nations for the highest incidence rate of homicides committed with a firearm. (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development)

A U.S. male aged 15–24 is 70 times more likely to be killed with a gun than their counterpart in the eight (G-8) largest industrialized nations in the world (Forbes)

More people are typically killed with guns in the U.S. in a day (about 85) than in the U.K. in a year, if suicides are included.[ (Forbes)

America has six times as many firearm homicides as Canada, and nearly 16 times as many as Germany (Vox)

Protect kids not guns

(Image by Tim Mudd)

On Nov,. 6, vote to make America safe again.


Other Guns in America posts

Who Fired the First Shot?

The Americanization of the Duel

Prominent Americans Shooting Each Other Up

‘Well Regulated’ Militias and the Right to Bear Arms

Where’s the Blaze of Glory

Prohibition and Gun Control

Smart Guns and the Folks Who Keep ‘Em Dumb

The DIY Specter


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6 Responses to Guns in America: How’s It Working Out for Us?

  1. pjlazos says:

    I love this, Ken — make America safe again! What if we could corral all the gun owners who don’t want background checks, don’t want a short waiting period, don’t want people with mental illnesses to be disqualified from gun ownership, etc., and let them duke it out in the desert somewhere. We could have a few moments of peace, at least. :0)

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  2. sportsdiva64 says:

    I so agree. We talk about mental health issues before we talk about gun control. Sorry, the NRA lost it’s focus. It didn’t begin as a lobby group, which is what they are now. They don’t seem to care about responsible gun owners, and responsible gun owners of color at that.

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  3. Such sobering statistics, and yet each time a mass shooting occurs, social media blows up with people espousing how guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Please.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. BroadBlogs says:

    Too bad we Americans can’t seem to learn from the successes of other countries.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Donna Janke says:

    Scary statistics.


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