Film and Discussion Series

Facts About Gun Violence in America

  • Over 100,000 people are shot every year, including nearly 40,000 people killed in 2017.  It is estimated that 45,000 Americans have been paralyzed by guns.
  • Sixty percent of all gun deaths in the US are suicides.
  • Americans are ten times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries. Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the United States’ gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher.
  • Black children are 10 times more likely than white children to die from guns.
  • More than 4 million American children live in homes with unsecured firearms.
  • States and localities are leading the fight to reduce gun violence and have passed dozens of sensible gun laws since the 2016 Parkland shooting.
  • The annual direct and indirect cost of gun violence in the US is estimated at $175-229 billion.
  • There are more guns than people in the U.S.
  • Gun ownership is constitutionally protected by the Second Amendment