Gun violence and school shootings are a uniquely American epidemic. Sandy Hook Promise is shining a light on these important facts and statistics.
Every number you see below represents a person, often a child, with hopes, dreams, potential, and loved ones who cherished them. Children and families in the U.S. are facing a vast problem, but you can help. Share these facts, know the signs, and act to protect them before it’s too late.
1. EACH DAY 8 children die from gun violence in America. Another 32 are shot and injured.
3. Firearm deaths occur at a rate more than 3 times higher than drownings.3
5. In a comprehensive study of school shootings from 1974 to 2000 conducted by the Secret Service and Department of Education 93% of school shooters planned the attack in advance.4
6. In 4 out of 5 school shootings, at least one other person had knowledge of the attacker’s plan but failed to report it.4
7. Guns used in about 68% of gun-related incidents at schools were taken from the home, a friend or a relative.4
8. A study found that 77% of active shooters spent a week or longer planning their attack.6
11. 2018 had the most school shootings on record, but U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security research shows that if we “know the signs” of gun violence, we can prevent it and reverse the trend.5
13. 70% of people who die by suicide tell someone their plans or give some other type of warning signs.8
15. An estimated 4.6 million American children live in a home where at least one gun is kept loaded and unlocked.10
1. CDC, WISQARS accessed on 1/28/19 at https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html
2. https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsr1804754, N Engl J Med 2018; 379:2468-2475
4. Vossekuil, et al, 2002
6. Silver, J., Simons, A., & Craun, S. (2018). A Study of the Pre-Attack Behaviors of Active Shooters in the United States Between 2000 – 2013. Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. 20535
8. Robins, E., Gassner, S., Kayes, J., Wilkinson, R.H. & Murphy, G.E. (1959). The communication of suicidal intent: A study of 134 consecutive cases of successful (completed) suicide. Am J Psychiatry, 115 (8), 724-733.
10. Azrael, D., Cohen, J., Salhi, C. et al. J Urban Health (2018) 95: 295. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11524-018-0261-7 Accessed on 1/29/19