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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.
“A Census of Domestic Violence Gun Homicides in Arizona” reveals that 62 percent of women killed by intimate partners in Arizona were shot to death, and the rate of intimate partner gun homicides in Arizona is 45 percent higher than the national average.
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.
To write or speak with legitimacy about guns, gun crime, and gun violence requires accurate use of terminology. This is a basic guide for describing firearms, accessories, and safety or regulatory technologies.
For several decades, Missouri required every handgun buyer to pass a criminal background check and obtain a purchase permit. In 2007, the state dismantled its permit system and eliminated the background check requirement.