GUN VIOLENCE STATS

33,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, 90 deaths per day- Nicholas Kristoff-NY Times

More Americans have died due to gun violence since 1970 than in all wars America has been involved in since the American Revolution!   1.4 million deaths -War,  1.45 million deaths – gun violence. -Nicholas Kristoff

1,300 Pennsylvanians die due to gun violence on average since 2001.

More preschoolers are killed each year than police in the line of duty:  82 preschoolers and 27 police in 2013. -Nicholas Kristoff

American Deaths due to terrorism since 9/11- 3,380:  American deaths from gun violence since 9/11-406,496 and climbing.

A gun owner is 22 times more likely to have his own gun be used on someone in his household rather than used in self defense.   –  1990 study by Arthur Kellerman of Emory University.

40% of all gun sales are sold privately without a background check in the US- according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

State Statistical Comparison:  Strong gun laws and low gun ownership tend to show low levels of gun violence.  Conversely, weak gun laws and high gun ownership show the highest levels of gun violence.   Based upon data compiled from the Brady Campaign, Wikipedia and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Gun Deaths per 100,000      % of Gun Ownership

  • Hawaii- 2.7 deaths            9.7% ownership
  • Massachusetts-3.2           12.8%
  • New York  – 4.4                 18.1%
  • Connecticut- 4.5               16.2%
  • Rhode Island-5.3               13.3%
  1. Alaska- 19.6 deaths           61%
  2. Louisiana- 19.1                  46%
  3. Alabama – 17.8                  57%
  4. Mississippi-17.6                 54%
  5. Wyoming- 17.5                   63%

Pennsylvania deaths per 100,000  = 11.2 deaths per 100,000

Comparison of Countries: Deaths by Firearm per 100,000- The United States has the highest level of gun ownership in the world, and the highest level of gun violence among the advanced countries of the world.  Statistics from Wikipedia-2011 to 2013.

  • Switzerland    2.91 gun deaths per 100,000
  • Spain  0.62 gun deaths
  • South Korea  0.06 gun deaths
  • Portugal  1.77 gun deaths
  • Norway  1.78 gun deaths
  • Japan  0.06 gun deaths
  • Italy  1.28 gun deaths
  • Israel 1.87 gun deaths
  • Germany 1.24 gun deaths
  • France 3.01 gun deaths
  • Canada  2.22 gun deaths
  • Australia 0.86 gun deaths
  • UNITED STATES  10.6 Gun Deaths per 100,000