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 www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars. Numbers are rounded.

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Statistics. Firearm Violence 1993 – 2011. Published May 2013. http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/fv9311.pdf

Mother Jones. What Does Gun Violence Really Cost? http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/true-cost-of-gun-violence-in-America.  U.S. Secret Service's "Safe Schools Initiative,"