Facts & Stats

  • A new handgun is produced in the U.S. every 12 seconds. – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms estimate, 1994
  • 15% of 6th through 12th graders surveyed said they had carried a handgun at some time during the prior 30 days. – Louis Harris research poll, 1999
  • In one survey, 45% of people arrested reported the illegal firearm market as a primary source for obtaining guns. – National Institute of Justice, Sept., 1995
  • On average, more than one woman every day of the year is shot and killed by her husband or intimate acquaintance during the course of an argument. – Analysis of 1996 Washington D.C. homicide data, Violence Policy Center, 1998
  • About 1.4 million homes with about 2.6 million children kept firearms in a place very accessible to children. – American Journal of Public Health, April, 2000
  • A murder of a household member is almost 3 times more likely to occur in homes with guns than homes without them. – Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Center for Gun Policy
  • 58% of all unintentional firearm deaths involve young people 10-29 years old. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1994
  • Assaults on family and intimates involving firearms are 12 times more likely to result in death than are assaults using other types of weapons. – Saltzman, J. et al, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992, 267
  • In 1998, 30,708 people were killed by guns in the U.S. – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July, 2000
  • A total of 3,792 kids 19 years or younger were killed by gunfire in 1998 – enough for more than 246 Columbines – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, July, 2000
  • In 1996 and ’97 more Americans were killed by firearms than were killed in the entire 11 years of the Vietnam war – Firearm Injury Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, 1999
  • A gun in the home is 22 times more likely to be used to shoot a family member or a friend than an intruder – Kellerman et al., Journal of Trauma, 1998, 45.2
  • Women are 12 times more likey to be shot by a spouse or loved one than by a stranger – Saltzman et al., Journal of the American Medical Association, 1992: 267; FBI Supplementary Homicide Report, 1997
  • 62% of shooters involved in homicides had alcohol in their blood. – American Journal of Forsenic Medicine and Pathology, analysis of 1982-85 data
  • In 1994, nearly 90% of homicide victims 15 to 19 years were killed with a firearm. – National Summary of Injury Mortality Data, CDC, 1987-94
  • In the U.S. ten children less than 20 years old are killed by handguns everyday. – National Center for Health Statistics, 1996
  • In 1994, nearly 90% of homicide victims 15 to 19 years were killed with a firearm. – National Summary of Injury Mortality Data, CDC, 1987-94
  • In the U.S. ten children less than 20 years old are killed by handguns everyday. – National Center for Health Statistics, 1996

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