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Gun Violence Trends
Although the violent crime rate in the U.S. has generally decreased over the past 15 years, the gun homicide rate has hardly changed—and there is some evidence that non-fatal shootings may have actually increased.
Americans are 25 times more likely to be shot and killed with guns than people in other developed countries. This uniquely American problem can be addressed by evidenced-policies that have been shown to reduce crime, prevent gun violence, and save lives. By researching the patterns in gun violence in America and the holes in our laws that continue to allow dangerous people to get guns, we can further develop and improve the policies that will help save lives.
In July 2013, Colorado passed a new law requiring criminal background checks for all person-to-person gun sales, with reasonable exceptions for family, hunting, and self-defense. This memo provides the clearest picture to-date of how the expansion of the state’s background check system has improved public safety.
An Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of FBI data over the last 30 years shows that more than half of Oregon police officers shot to death with guns that were not their own were killed by people who were likely barred from possessing firearms.