Gun Violence by the Numbers

February 5, 2018

Everytown is committed to using the most comprehensive, up-to-date sources of data to measure America’s unprecedented levels of gun violence. Learn more by exploring the stats below.


Data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that on an average day, 96 Americans are killed with guns.

To calculate this, Everytown relies on a five-year-average of data from the CDC, whose National Vital Statistics System contains the most comprehensive national data, currently available through 2016."Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WONDERWISQARS), accessed December 23, 2017January 3 2017,' http://1.usa.gov/1plXBux']

View CDC data on people killed by guns each year

HomicideHomicides include: assault by handgun discharge, assault by rifle, shotgun and larger firearm discharge, assault by other unspecified firearm discharge, terrorism involving firearms, and legal intervention involving firearm discharge. Suicide Unintentional Undetermined
Intent
All gun
deaths
2012 12,093 20,666 548 256 33,563
2013 11,675 21,175 505 281 33,636
2014 11,472 21,386 461 275 33,594
2015 13,463 22,018 489 282 36,252
2016 14,925 22,938 495 300 38,658
Annual Average 12,726 21,637 500 279 35,141
Daily Average 35 59 1.4 0.8 96

On average there are nearly 13,000 gun homicides a year in the U.S.

View annual gun homicides in the US

Homicide Suicide Unintentional Undetermined
Intent
All gun
deaths
2012 12,093 20,666 548 256 33,563
2013 11,675 21,175 505 281 33,636
2014 11,472 21,386 461 275 33,594
2015 13,463 22,018 489 282 36,252
2016 14,925 22,938 495 300 38,658
Annual Average 12,726 21,637 500 279 35,141
Daily Average 35 59 1.4 0.8 96

For every one person killed with guns, two more are injured.

The number of Americans injured with firearms dwarfs the number who are killed, although data to measure non-fatal shootings are less reliable. The CDC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System estimates the number of annual non-fatal firearm injuries based on reports from a sample of hospital emergency departments: over the last five years, there were more than 200 non-fatal firearm injuries each day."Non-Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WISQARS), accessed June 29, 2015 http://1.usa.gov/1qo12RL.

View data on non-fatal firearm injuries

Year Non-Fatal
Firearm Injuries
2011 73,883
2012 81,396
2013 84,258
2014 81,034
2015 84,997
Annual Average 81,114
Daily Average 222

Nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of firearm deaths in the U.S. are suicides.

Of the 169,395 firearm deaths in the US from 2011 to 2015 (the most recent five years of data available), 105,183 (or 62 percent) were suicides. To calculate this total, Everytown relies on CDC data regarding fatal injury by intent."Non-Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WONDERWISQARS), accessed December 23, 2017 June 29, 2015 http://1.usa.gov/1qo12RL.

Seven children and teens (age 19 or under) are killed with guns in the U.S. on an average day.

Rates of firearm injury death increase rapidly after age 12. And unintentional shootings of children and teens are underreported in the CDC data, possibly because of the difficulty of characterizing a child’s intent after he or she has killed himself or a playmate with a firearm. Everytown tracks unintentional shootings involving children, which occur every 34 hours, on average. "Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WONDERWISQARS), accessed December 23, 2017January 3 2017,' http://1.usa.gov/1plXBux']

View CDC data on children and teens killed with guns

Firearm
Homicides
Total
Firearm
Deaths
2012 1,700 2,694
2013 1,430 2,465
2014 1,488 2,548
2015 1,670 2,824
2016 1,876 3,155
Total 8,164 13,686

In an average month, 50 women are shot to death by intimate partners in the U.S.

And more than half of all women killed by intimate partners in the U.S. are killed with guns.Federal Bureau of Investigation, Supplementary Homicide Reports, 2010-14, available at http://bit.ly/1yVxm4K. Over the last five years of available data, 55% of women killed by intimate partners (including same-sex partners) were killed with guns.

View data on gun homicides of women by a current or former intimate partner

Year FBI Supplementary
Homicide Reports
Florida Department of
Law Enforcement
Total
2010 611 48 659
2011 553 61 614
2012 529 57 586
2013 518 41 559
2014 541 37 578
Total 2,752 244 2,996
Annual Average 550 49 599
Monthly Average 46 4 50

America’s gun homicide rate is more than 25 times the average of other high-income countries.

An analysis of gun homicide rates in developed countries— those considered “high-income” by the World Bank — found that the United States accounted for 46 percent of the population but 82 percent of the gun deaths.Erin Grinshteyn and David Hemenway, "Violent Death Rates: The US Compared with Other High-income OECD Countries, 2010," American Journal of Medicine, 2015. The World Bank defines a high-income country as one with a gross national income per capita greater than $12,736. The study analyzed data from populous (>1 million inhabitants), high-income countries that were members of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) in 2010. Additionally, the study excluded Iceland and Luxembourg from the broader OECD for having very small populations, and also excluded Greece and Switzerland for not using detailed ICD-10 codes.

Background checks are a central component of America's efforts to keep guns from criminals: since their inception, they have blocked over 3 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers.

According to a study by the Department of Justice, between 1994 and 2014, federal, state, and local agencies conducted background checks on more than 180 million firearm applications and denied 2.82 million gun sales to prohibited purchasers. To date, the background check system has blocked over 3 million firearm sales to prohibited purchasers.Karberg JC, Frandsen RJ, Durso JM, et al. Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013-2014. Bureau of Justice Statistics. http://bit.ly/2lSEIEu. Published June 2016. Accessed February 15, 2017. Data for 2015 and 2016 were obtained by Everytown from the FBI directly. Though majority of the transactions and denials reported by FBI and BJS are associated with a firearm sale or transfer, a small number may be for concealed carry permits and other reasons not related to a sale or transfer.

Black men are 13 times more likely than non-hispanic white men to be shot and killed with guns.

Black Americans make up 14 percent of the U.S. population U.S. Census Bureau. 2010. http://www.census.gov/prod/cen2010/briefs/c2010br-06.pdf but are victims of more than half of all gun homicides.“Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WISQARS), accessed January 25, 2015, http://1.usa.gov/1plXBux.

View more on gun homicides and race in America

Note: This figure has been calculated using 2012-2016 data and shows age-adjusted gun homicide rates for non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black men.

When a gun is present in a situation of domestic violence, it increases the risk the woman will be killed fivefold.

A case-control study of 11 cities found that in a domestic violence situation, the perpetrator’s access to a gun increased the odds of femicide by more than five times (adjust OR=5.44, 95% CI = 2.89, 10.22).“Fatal Injury Reports," Injury Prevention & Control: Data & Statistics (WISQARS), accessed December 23, 2017January 25, 2015, http://1.usa.gov/1plXBux.

Note on Data Sources

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FBI collect data on firearm homicides — the former from medical examiners and the latter from local law enforcement. Each data set has distinct advantages and flaws. The CDC’s National Vital Statistics System records a higher percentage of all firearm deaths but fails to capture details about their circumstances, including the relationship of the perpetrator to the victim. This makes it unsuitable for measuring gun violence between people of certain relationships.

In contrast, the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) include details on the perpetrator and weapon but are more likely to be missing records because the FBI relies on police departments to voluntarily submit their homicide data on an annual basis. Despite these gaps, SHR data are utilized widely in the criminology community. The SHR do not include data from the state of Florida. Everytown obtained data directly from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Women killed by former dating partners (as opposed to current dating partners) are not categorized in the Florida data and are not included.James Alan Fox, “Missing Data Problems in the SHR: Imputing Offender and Relationship Characteristics,” Homicide Studies 8, no. 214 (2004); and Catherine Barber and David Hemenway, “Underestimates of Unintentional Firearm Fatalities: Comparing Supplementary Homicide Report Data with the National Vital Statistics System,” Injury Prevention 8 (2002).