Stats

1. Currently, one in four adults owns a gun of some kind, but owners of four or more guns (about 10 percent of the adult population) are in possession of 77 percent of the total U.S. stock of firearms (Cook and Ludwig 1996). 

Hemenway, David. Private Guns Public Health. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2006. 6. Print.

2. The direct medical costs of gunshot wounds were estimated at six million dollars per day in the 1990s. The mean medical cost of a gunshot injury is about seventeen thousand dollars and would be higher except that the medical costs for deaths at the scene are low. Half of these costs are borne directly by U.S. taxpayers; gun injuries are the leading cause of uninsured hospital stays in the United States.

Hemenway, David. Private Guns Public Health. Michigan: The University of Michigan Press, 2006. 4. Print.

3. Living in a home where there are guns increases the risk of homicide by 40 to 170% and the risk of suicide by 90 to 460%.

Garen J. Wintemute, Guns, Fear, the Constitution, and the Public’s Health, 358 New England J. Med. 1421-1424 (April 3, 2008), at http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMp0800859.

4. For every one person gets dies from gunshot, 5 survive.

 

5. Guns kept in the home are 43 times more likely to be used to kill someone known to the family than to be used to kill in self defense.

1. Kellermann AL,

2. Reay DT

(1986) Protection or peril? An analysis of firearm-related deaths in the home. N Engl J Med 314:1559-1560.

6. 4,166 children shot accidentally in 2010 in U.S. due to unsecured guns in the home

Centers for Disease Control, WISQARS 2012

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