Shocking Facts on Gun Violence: The Prime Source of High Death Rates

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Hard to believe, but as GunPolicy.org reports, approximately 75% of the world’s total number of 875 million guns is controlled by civilians alone. And, surprisingly, if you are in the U.S., the chances of dying from a gunshot likely increases by 20% as compared to those living in the rest of the world.

But the story of the remaining 25% of the guns is even sad. Those guns are under the control of government authorities; and as an average, they kill 1,000 people daily worldwide, and millions are wounded.

The term used to indicate any violence spread using a gun or a firearm is “gun violence.” It can be considered a noncriminal act as well in certain cases, like an unintentional injury. However, other cases classified as criminal acts (decided by country’s regulations), such as a homicide, may sometimes be found not to be a crime. And the U.S. tops the chart for the highest number of gun owners in the world and also the highest rate of recorded gun-related deaths.

As indicated in the reports published by The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in 2010, 5.5 million new firearms were manufactured in America; and 95% of those firearms were consumed by the U.S. market itself. Another report claimed that in 2011, an average of 268 people died every day because of gunshots. Look at the list below to see the names of notable people who have died from gunshots:

  1. Abraham Lincoln died on April 15, 1865; he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth;
  2. Mahatma Gandhi died on January 30, 1948; he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse;
  3. Tupac Shakur died on September 7, 1996; it is an unsolved crime;
  4. John Lennon died on December 8, 1980; he was shot by Mark David Chapman;
  5. Martin Luther King, Jr., died on April 4, 1968; he was assassinated by James Earl Ray;
  6. John F. Kennedy died on November 22, 1963; he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald;
  7. Kurt Cobain died on April 5, 1994; he committed suicide;
  8. Gianni Versace died on July 15, 1997; he was murdered by Andrew Cunanan;
  9. Dorothy Stratten died on August 14, 1980; she was murdered by Paul Snider (her husband); and
  10. The Notorious B.I.G. died on March 9, 1997; it is an unsolved crime.

Ten shocking facts about gun violence in the U.S.:

  1. One-fifth of American teenagers have witnessed at least one gunshot scene in their lives. In one-fourth of those times, the person died from the shot(s);
  2. One-third of Americans know someone who has died from a gunshot;
  3. It costs around $2.3 billion to pay off the medical bills for the gunshot sufferers; fifty percent of that money comes from taxpayers;
  4. Gun-violence deaths are the second-highest reason for deaths in the age bracket below 20 years. The highest number of deaths are caused by car accidents;
  5. The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting case turned heads in 2012 in Newtown when 20-year-old Adam Lanza mortally shot 20 children and 6 staff members. Prior to that, he also shot and killed his mother at his Newtown home. He then committed suicide by shooting himself in the head;
  6. The Sandy Hook shooting is the worst recorded mass shooting case in history at a high school or grade school;
  7. Also, the same case stands second in the list of single-person mass shooting cases in U.S. history, the first being the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings;
  8. Ninety-nine percent of gunshot crimes are carried out in places where civilians are banned from carrying guns;
  9. According to CDC reports, one person is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, which is a jaw-dropping statistic; and
  10. In January, 2013, President Obama came up with his special plan to prevent gun violence, which was to “improve further the background checks, ban assault weapons,” and a lot more.

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