Reports and Statistics

Safer in your home with a firearm, or in your vehicle with seat belts and airbags?

Safer in your home with a firearm, or in your vehicle with seat belts and airbags?

The Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) annual report states that gun deaths outpaced motor vehicle deaths in 14 states and the District of Columbia in 2011, the most recent year for which comprehensive nationwide data is available. In 2011, there were more gun deaths than motor vehicle deaths in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, […]

Hispanic Gun Deaths in America more than Double Rate for Whites

The Violence Policy Center’s (VPC) new comprehensive study Hispanic Victims of Lethal Firearm Violence in the United States, an in-depth focus on gun violence and Hispanics (a generalized term used to describe Latinos from all cultures), is based on data from the federal Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) as well as unpublished information from the […]

Data source: CDC National Center for Health Statistics, WONDER online database. Rates were calculated using census population estimates adjusted to the 2000 and 2010 US population.

Comparing Firearm Mortality Rates, California vs the Rest of the Nation 1990 – 2010

  California’s Firearm Homicide Rate Drops Below that of the Rest of the Nation As California tightened its gun laws, its firearm mortality rate declined dramatically. California’s firearm homicide rate peaked in 1993. Since then California’s rate declined by 64%, while the firearm homicide rate in the rest of the nation declined by only 42%. Courtesy […]

Guns Continue to Kill American Children

In 2010, there were 2,711 infant, child, and teen firearm deaths. On average there were seven such fatalities daily and 52 weekly. (Center for Disease Control)

Among high-income countries for youth 15 to 24, U.S. gun homicide rates were 35.7 times higher. For children 5 to 14 years of age, U.S. gun suicide rates were 8 times higher and unintentional death rates from firearm injuries in the U.S. were 10 times higher. The difference in rates may be related to the easy access to firearms.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (APP) continues to support specific measures to reduce the deaths of children that occur daily. These include the regulation of the manufacture, sale, purchase, ownership, and use of firearms; a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons; and the strongest possible regulations of handguns for civilian use.

Your Brain Under Fire

Your Brain Under Fire

Ed. Note: Clarksville, Arkansas. The school administrators in this tiny (92,000 population) town evidently don’t read TIME Magazine (see below). Twenty teachers, administrators and other school employees in this town will carry concealed weapons throughout the school day, making use of a little-known Arkansas law that allows licensed, armed security guards on campus. After undergoing […]