U.S. Statistics on Gun Deaths & Injuries
- In 2010, guns took the lives of 31,076 Americans in homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings. This is the equivalent of more than 85 deaths each day and more than three deaths each hour.1
- 73,505 Americans were treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal gunshot wounds in 2010.2
- Firearms were the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths nationwide in 2010, following poisoning and motor vehicle accidents.3
- Between 1955 and 1975, the Vietnam War killed over 58,000 American soldiers – less than the number of civilians killed with guns in the U.S. in an average two-year period.4
- In the first seven years of the U.S.-Iraq War, over 4,400 American soldiers were killed. Almost as many civilians are killed with guns in the U.S., however, every seven weeks.5
From the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
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Gun Violence Takes a Massive Toll on American Children
- An average of eight children and teens under the age of 20 are killed by guns every day.6
- American children die by guns 11 times as often as children in other high-income countries.7
- Youth (ages 0 to 19) in the most rural U.S. counties are as likely to die from a gunshot as those living in the most urban counties. Rural children die of more gun suicides and unintentional shooting deaths. Urban children die more often of gun homicides.8
- Firearm homicide is the second-leading cause of death (after motor vehicle crashes) for young people ages 1-19 in the U.S.9
- In 2007, more pre-school-aged children (85) were killed by guns than police officers were killed in the line of duty.10
From the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
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“Americans agree that much more ought to be done to keep dangerous guns from dangerous people. “
- 92% of the American public supports mandatory background checks on every gun sale, 52% support a ban on military-style assault weapons, and 59% support banning high-capacity magazines (CBS News poll, 2/6/13).11
- 87 percent of NRA members and 83 percent of non-NRA gun owners agree that, “Support for Second Amendment rights go hand-in-hand with keeping illegal guns out of the hands of criminals.”12
- 86 percent of NRA and 86 percent of non-NRA member gun owners agree with the following statement: “We can do more to stop criminals from getting guns while also protecting the rights of citizens to freely own them.”13
From the Center for American Progress
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1. Nat’l Ctr. for Injury Prevention & Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Web-Based Injury Statistics Query & Reporting System (WISQARS) Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010, for National, Regional, and States (Dec. 2012), http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/dataRestriction_inj.html (hereinafter WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010. Note: Users must agree to data use restrictions on the CDC site prior to accessing data).
2. Nat’l Ctr. for Injury Prevention & Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Web-Based Injury Statistics Query & Reporting System (WISQARS) Nonfatal Injury Reports, at http://webappa.cdc.gov/sasweb/ncipc/nfirates2001.html (last visited Nov. 20, 2012) (hereinafter WISQARS Nonfatal Injury Reports).
3. Nat’l Ctr. for Injury Prevention and Control, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Web-Based Injury Statistics Query & Reporting System (WISQARS) Leading Causes of Death Reports, 1999-2010, for National, Regional, and States (RESTRICTED), at http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/leading_causes_death.html (last visited Nov. 30, 2012).
4. U.S. Department of Defense, Statistical Information Analysis Division, Personnel & Military Casualty Statistics, U.S. Military Casualties in Southeast Asia: Vietnam Conflict – Casualty Summary As of May 16, 2008, at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/vietnam.pdf (last visited Feb. 10, 2012); WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010, supra note 1.
5. U.S. Department of Defense, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) U.S. Casualty Status, Fatalities as of: March 12, 2012, 10 a.m. EST, at http://www.defense.gov/news/casualty.pdf (last visited Feb. 10, 2012); WISQARS Injury Mortality Reports, 1999-2010, supra note 1.
6. The Brady Campaign averaged the most recent three years of data from death certificates (2008-2010) and estimates of emergency room admissions (2009-2011) available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html. Data retrieved 12/28/12.
7. Richardson, Erin G., and David Hemenway, “Homicide, Suicide, and Unintentional Firearm Fatality: Comparing the United States With Other High-Income Countries, 2003,” Journal of Trauma, Injury, Infection, and Critical Care, published online ahead of print, June 2010, p. 1
8. Nance, Michael L., et al, “Variation in Pediatric and Adolescent Firearm Mortality Rates in Rural and Urban U.S. Counties,”Pediatrics 125(6) June 2010: 1112-1118
9. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (2007 (deaths) and 2008 (injuries)), http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html. Calculations by Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 2009
10. Children’s Defense Fund, Protect Children Not Guns 2010, September 2010
11. CBS News poll, 2/6/13, “What the Public Really Thinks about Guns,” Center for American Progress, 3/27/2013. http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/civil-liberties/report/2013/03/27/58092/what-the-public-really-thinks-about-guns/
12. Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Luntz Global, “Gun Owners Poll” (2012), available at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/poll-07-24-2012.pdf.
13. Dr. Frank Luntz/The Word Doctors, “America’s Gun Owners Support Common Sense Gun Laws” (Washington: Mayors Against Illegal Guns, 2009), available at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/downloads/pdf/luntz_poll_slides.pdf.