The Facts About Gun Violence
Gun violence has a devastating impact on American children and teenagers. Over 2,700 children and teens are shot and killed and over 14,000 more are shot and injured every year—that’s an average of 47 American children and teens shot every day.
Compared to other high-income countries, American children aged 5-14 are 14 times more likely to be killed with guns; and American adolescents and young adults aged 15-24 are 23 times more likely to be killed with guns.
Gun violence disproportionately impacts black children and teens, who are 4 times more likely than white children and teens to be killed with guns. This is driven by a substantial disparity in gun homicide rates: black children and teens are 14 times more likely than white children and teens to die by gun homicide.
What We Face
4 out of the 36 people murdered daily are under 18 years old.
That adds up to about 1,458 out of the 12,997 total gun related murders per year.
people are injured every day from gun violence. 34 of these people are 18 and under.
This means in one year, a total of 79,976 people are injured due to gun violence. Of these gun injuries, 12,506 are children 18 and under.
Children and Teenagers are shot every week.
And Black children die from firearm homicides at a rate 10 times higher than their white counterparts.
2017 National Gun Violence Numbers
Child & Teen Gun Deaths Per Year, By Intent
Resources, Reports, and Fact Sheets:
- Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in American Cities, Everytown for Gun Safety
- Red Flag Laws: Helping Prevent Mass Shootings, Everytown for Gun Safety
- Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs
- 'Stand Your Ground' Laws and Their Effect on Violent Crime and the Criminal Justice System, Everytown for Gun Safety
- National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Gun Violence in the American Culture, National Association of Child Welfare
- The State of America's Children in New York, Children's Defense Fund
- Preventing Gun Violence, American Public Health Association