Mass shootings draw the media headlines, but The Trace says we can learn much more about the state of gun violence in America through data that gets little attention.
While the Las Vegas mass shooting in October claimed the grim designation of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the Trace suggests that other sets of numbers reveal more about guns in America today. For example, this year the country’s firearm death rate has climbed to a level not seen in decades. New research deepened our knowledge of guns’ effects on crime, medicine, and law. The Trace made its case with a set of 11 statistics. They include the following:
The national firearm death rate rose above 100 per day in 2016. A study found that while the national rate of gun suicide fell between 1991 and 2015, 21 states saw an increase in suicides over that period. Every week, 136 children and teenagers are shot. More than 135,000 students in the U.S. have lived through school shootings since Columbine. Hospital costs for firearm injuries total $622 million per year. The NRA spent an unprecedented $419 million during the 2016 campaign season. Three million Americans carry loaded handguns every day, and 1.8 million guns have been reported stolen in the past decade.