Every day, 100 Americans are killed with guns and hundreds more are shot and injured. The effects of gun violence extend far beyond these casualties—gun violence shapes the lives of millions of Americans who witness it, know someone who was shot, or live in fear of the next shooting.
Nearly two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides. The U.S. gun suicide rate is 10 times that of other high-income countries.
Access to a gun increases the risk of death by suicide by three times. Gun suicides are concentrated in states with high rates of gun ownership.
Most people who attempt suicide do not die—unless they use a gun. Across all suicide attempts not involving a firearm, less than five percent will result in death. But for gun suicides, those statistics are flipped: approximately 85 percent of gun suicide attempts end in death.
White men represent 74 percent of firearm suicide victims in America.
Three-quarters of nonfatal gun injuries are caused by assaults.
Black males are 15 times more likely than white males to be shot and injured in assaults involving guns.
CHILDREN & TEENS
Firearms are the second leading cause of death for American children and teens and the first leading cause of death for Black children and teens.
Nearly 1,700 children and teens die by gun homicide every year. For children under the age of 13, these gun homicides most frequently occur in the home and are often connected to domestic or family violence.
Black children and teens are 14 times more likely than white children and teens of the same age to die by gun homicide.