More Facts

  • Most criminal gun violence is committed by individuals who lack mental wellness (coping skills, anger management and other social-emotional skills)
  • Between 4-6% of criminal gun violence is committed by an individual who is mentally ill
  • More than 90% of individuals who die from suicide had a diagnosable mental disorder
  • Most mass shootings are planned for 6 months to a year. In almost every documented case, warning signs were given off that were not understood, were not acted upon quickly or was not shared with someone who could help
  • In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker's plan but failed to report it
  • 70% of people who commit suicide tell someone their plans or give some other type of warning signs
  • Guns used in about 80% of all incidents at schools were taken from the home, a friend or a relative
  • Approximately half of all gun owners don’t lock up their guns in their homes, including 40% of households with kids under age 18
  • Annual Cost of Gun Violence: $229 Billion or $700 per American


Gun Fact Sources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS), Average of data 2003–2013. Retrieved August 2015 from Numbers are rounded.

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics. Firearm Violence 1993 – 2011. Published May 2013.

Mother Jones. What Does Gun Violence Really Cost?  U.S. Secret Service's "Safe Schools Initiative,"