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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.
The terrorist shooting at the Emanuel AME Church, which is being investigated as a hate crime, reflects our country's broader problem of gun violence and its disproportionate impact on communities of color.
This fact sheet, published in collaboration between Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, analyzes the 25 incidents nationwide in which law enforcement officers were killed with guns that were not their own.
An Everytown for Gun Safety 2014 analysis of FBI data shows that nearly two-thirds of Washington State police officers shot to death over the last 30 years were killed by people who were barred from possessing firearms.
Gun violence takes a heavy toll on the health and wellbeing of Nevadans — 395 Nevadans were shot to death in 2013 alone — but treating firearm injuries also takes a significant bite out of the state’s pocketbook. To assess the healthcare costs of gun violence in Nevada, Everytown for Gun Safety analyzed state inpatient hospitalization data between 2005-2014.