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This week has seen several shootings across North Carolina, including five shootings in Greensboro that left several people shot and wounded and a 16-year-old shot and killed. Below are resources and statistics for covering gun violence in North Carolina. Volunteers with the North Carolina chapter of Moms Demand Action are available for interviews on how to prevent gun violence with common-sense gun laws.
In an average year, 1,350 people die by guns in North Carolina. The rate of gun deaths increased 14% from 2009 and 2018. Guilford County, in particular, has a rate of 13 gun deaths per 100,000 people.
Firearms are the second leading cause of death among children and teens in North Carolina, and Black children and teens are three times more likely to die by guns than their white peers. An average of 100 children and teens die by guns each year in North Carolina.
More information on gun violence in North Carolina is available here. To speak with a Moms Demand Action volunteer about gun safety solutions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs