Fact Sheet: Guns and Women

Fact Sheet: Guns and Women

In the United States in 2016, 5,664 female firearm deaths were recorded – 3,291 suicides and 2,202 homicides. (The remainder were undetermined, unintentional, or legal intervention.) Access to firearms increases the risk of being a homicide victim more for women than...
Fact Sheet: Gun Ownership and Homicide

Fact Sheet: Gun Ownership and Homicide

There were 14,415 firearm homicides in the US in 2016 Firearms make violent crime more lethal The US has significantly higher rates of homicide than other developed nations High gun ownership states have significantly higher firearm and overall homicide rates The...
Fact Sheet: The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use

Fact Sheet: The Frequency of Defensive Gun Use

There are 3 major estimates of Defensive Gun Use (DGU) frequency per year: Gary Kleck and private surveys: approximately 2.5 million. National Crime Victimization Survey: approximately 100,000. Gun Violence Archive (based on police and media reports): less than 2,000....
Fact Sheet: Gun Laws and Suicide

Fact Sheet: Gun Laws and Suicide

Aside from buybacks and laws that directly reduce gun ownership, firearm laws can only have an effect on the suicide rate of populations not previously exposed to firearms. Most firearm laws are not passed with reducing suicides as their primary intent, thereby...
Fact Sheet: Gun Ownership and Suicide

Fact Sheet: Gun Ownership and Suicide

There were 22,938 firearm suicides in the US in 2016 Firearms are the most lethal significant means of suicide with an 82.5% fatality rate, versus a fatality rate of 4% for all suicide attempts. Lethality matters, as approximately 90% of individuals don’t...