Facts and Statistics

In 2004, guns killed 29,569 people in the United States, including 649 unintentional deaths, 16,750 suicides and 11,624 homicides. A further 64,389 people were seriously injured by guns.[1]

Guns are the second leading cause of injury death in Ohio and in the United States as a whole.[1]

In 2004, there were 1,036 firearm deaths in Ohio (more than a 10% increase on the previous year), including 20 unintentional deaths, 657 suicides and 340 homicides.[1]

In a population of 300 million people, there were an estimated 200 million guns in America in 2003.[2]

2/3 of those guns are long guns, 1/3 are handguns, and yet...[2]

Handguns are used in 3/4 of firearm deaths.[2]

Less than 8% of people killed by guns are killed in felony crimes; most are shot by someone they know or are suicides.[3]

Think Violence doesn't affect young people? Think again.

Nearly 1.7 million children, under the age of 18, live in homes with firearms that are both loaded and unlocked in the United States.[4]

Over 40% of American households with children have guns.[5]

On average, 45 children and teens are shot every day in America.[1]

The 2005 national Youth Risk Behavior survey found that out of more than 16 million American high school students:

  • More than 1/10 male high school students carry a weapon, such as a gun or knife, on school property each month.
  • Nearly one million high school students feel too unsafe even to go to school each month.
  • Over 870,000 high school students carry a gun each month, including over 30,000 in Ohio.
  • Over 1.2 million high school students are injured or threatened with a weapon at school each year, including over 46,000 in Ohio.

The 3rd Annual Nationally Valid Teen Gun Survey, conducted in January and February of 2002, questioned more than 1,000 youths across America (as released by Join Together, on June 27, 2002):

Over 40% of American teens personally know someone who has been shot.

More than 1/3 of American teens believe that they have easy access to a handgun: 42% of young men and 29.8% young women responded If I really wanted to, I could get a handgun.”

More than 1/3 of American teens know a teenager who has threatened to kill someone.

According to the US government's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2,852 children and teens were killed by firearms in 2004 in the United States OR nearly eight kids and teens every day. That includes:

  • 1,804 homicides in the US and 46 in Ohio
  • 846 suicides in the US and 28 in Ohio
  • 143 unintentional shootings in the US and 5 in Ohio
  • a total of 358 firearm deaths of children under the age of 15
  • a total of 119 firearm deaths of children under the age of 10

An additional 13,846 children and teens were seriously injured by firearms in the United States or more than 37 every day.

Sources:

[1] US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,

[2] Consumer Federation of America,

[3] Violence Policy Center report from FBI Uniform Crime Reports,

[4]Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Findings From the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2002, published 2005,

[5]Peter Hart Research Associates Poll, 1999, American Journal of Public Health, April 2000