Suicides account for roughly two-thirds of the more than 33,000 gun-related deaths that occur annually in the U.S.
Homicides represent about one-third of all gun-related deaths.
In 2019, according to the FBI, fewer murder victims were killed with rifles (364) than with:
A 2017 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center examined county-level murder data in the U.S. for 2014 and found:
“Despite lower gun ownership, urban areas experience much higher murder rates,” the study says.
According to the American Psychological Association, "Suicide rates in the United States have increased substantially over the past two decades."
This increase has occurred both in states with and without red flag laws.
A 2020 RAND Corporation review of the available research on extreme risk protection orders (red flag laws) found "inconclusive evidence for the effect of extreme risk protection orders on total and firearm suicides."
According to a 2013 CDC report, “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million.”
According to a 2013 CDC report, “Studies that directly assessed the effect of actual defensive uses of guns (i.e., incidents in which a gun was “used” by the crime victim in the sense of attacking or threatening an offender) have found consistently lower injury rates among gun-using crime victims compared with victims who used other self-protective strategies.”
A 2018 study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found, "By our count, the US makes up less than 1.43% of the mass public shooters, 2.11% of their murders, and 2.88% of their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than other countries, they are also much less deadly on average."
A 2019 Bureau of Justice Statistics report found that, among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense:
A 2019 Congressional Research Service report found that “private firearms sales at gun shows … did not appear to be a significant source of guns" for federal and state prisoners.
Researchers at Northeastern University found that "shooting incidents involving students have been declining since the 1990s."
Researchers at Northeastern University found that "four times the number of children were killed in schools in the early 1990s than today."
A Secret Service report examined how mass shooters in 2019 obtained firearms.
The report found, "In at least ten (42%) of the attacks involving firearms, one or more of the attackers possessed the firearm illegally at the time of the incident."
A 2013 Congressional Research Service report revealed that 547 people were killed in the 78 public mass shootings that occurred from 1983 to 2012.
To put that in perspective, 21 times as many people (11,622) were killed in gun-related homicides in 2012 alone than were killed in mass shootings over a span of about three decades.
A 2020 RAND Corporation review of gun studies found “inconclusive evidence for the effect of assault weapon bans on mass shootings.”
A 2020 study published in Criminology & Public Policy found that assault weapon bans “do not seem to be associated with the incidence of fatal mass shootings.”
Another study published in Criminology & Public Policy found that the assault weapons ban didn't have a noticeable effect on the number of mass public shootings after controlling for population growth.
A report funded by the Department of Justice kicks off an entire section with the following title, printed in bold: "The Ban’s Success in Reducing Criminal Use of the Banned Guns and Magazines Has Been Mixed."
A 2019 Secret Service analysis of the motives, behaviors, and backgrounds of school attackers found:
A 2018 New York Times analysis found that “at least 173 people have been killed in mass shootings in the United States involving AR-15s” since 2007.
That’s 173 homicides in about ten years—an average of about 17 per year.
An article from the Foundation for Economic Education puts this figure in perspective: "[C]onsider that at this rate it would take almost one-hundred years of mass shootings with AR-15s to produce the same number of homicide victims that knives and sharp objects produce in one year."
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