Gun Violence in the U.S.

Over 35,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, approximately 93 each day.  Just over 60% of gun deaths are from suicide. 

A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found there was a strong relationship between higher levels of gun ownership in a state and higher firearm suicide rates for both men and women. 

The Centers for Disease Control reported in Nov. 2017 that preliminary data shows gun deaths in the U.S. increased each year for the past two years.  (2016:  about 12 per 100,000 people; 2015: 11 per 100,000 people.)  

During the past two years, more U.S. residents died from gun violence than died during the entire Vietnam War. (About 66,000 to 58,000 in Vietnam)

It is estimated that over 80,000 more U.S. residents are wounded from gunfire each year, some in ways that leave them suffering for the remainder of their lives. Improvements in trauma medicine mean more people survive after suffering crippling wounds. 

Gun Violence Closer to Home

In Pennsylvania, about 1,400 people a year are killed by guns. 

In Chester County, eight residents were killed by gun violence in 2017.  Another 26 died from gun suicide. In 2018, by the end of September, we already had 27 gun suicides.

Gun deaths in Chester County during the past two years have included murder on a local highway as a result of road rage, a neighbor dispute, domestic violence, an argument between young adults and a disagreement over a drug purchase.

What Are Its Effects?

Click here to see five powerful personal stories of gun violence.

What Can We Do?

One very important action every firearm owner can take is to commit to safe storage of their weapon. Safe storage can reduce gun suicides, unintentional shootings, gun access by criminals, mass shootings and domestic violence.  There are secure storage methods that can be located within easy reach and opened within seconds.

Guns always have the potential to be lethal. Proper care must be taken.