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.

Gun Violence Trends

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US Gun Violence Trends

Nearly 12,000 Americans are murdered with guns every year -- a rate more than 20 times higher than that of other developed countries. Although the violent crime rate has generally decreased over the past 15 years, the gun murder rate in the U.S. has hardly changed and the number of non-fatal shootings has actually increased.

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Reports Gun Violence Trends September 18, 2013

Shoot First

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

In September 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released Shoot First, a comprehensive review of Stand Your Ground laws and how they affect public safety and the criminal justice system. The report explains how Stand Your Ground statutes have expanded the circumstances in which people are allowed to use deadly force, and have created legal hurdles that make it harder to hold shooters accountable.