The financial impact of gun violence in America is $280 billion annually, from hospital bills to lost wages to lost productivity. Furthermore, researchers estimate that on average, each individual that died from gun violence between 2015 and 2019 lost two decades of their life.
Another new segment focuses on the lack of funding for gun research in the U.S. The report explores the more than 20-year period when the federal government did not financially support gun studies because of the Dickey Amendment introduced by former Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark) and subsequently passed by Congress in 1996. This legislation took away funding that was previously awarded the CDC specifically for gun violence research — and the article cites some NRA influence.
The third segment compares the U.S. to other high-income countries — and not favorably, with the U.S. having “the highest rate of firearm deaths” comparatively.
“Compared to the other peer countries, basically what we have is lots and lots of guns, particularly handguns, and we have by far the weakest gun laws. Not surprisingly, we have huge gun problems,” David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, told ABC News. “I think if we had basically the gun laws of any other developed country, we’d be better off.”