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The Facts That Make Us Act

How many people are shot in the U.S.? How many people in America are injured by gunshots?

These are important questions to answer. We need reliable gun violence data and statistics to truly understand America’s gun violence epidemic. That is why Brady relies on the most accurate resources available when examining how gun violence impacts the U.S.

Gun Violence By The Numbers

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides annual gunshot fatality statistics. Using data from the most recent years available (2014-2018), Brady established five-year averages to represent annual gunshot fatalities in the most accurate way possible. Brady uses the term ‘gunshot injuries’ rather than the more commonly used term ‘gun injuries’ to describe individuals who suffer from a gunshot wound. The term ‘gunshot injuries’ better reflects language used by medical professionals and law enforcement.

While Brady historically used CDC data to establish averages for gunshot injuries as well, recent findings show there are more accurate sources. Due to funding restrictions and other constraints, the sample size utilized by the CDC is so small one has to question its statistical significance. Data provided by Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s HCUPnet, and collected from emergency departments and databases, gives a more comprehensive picture of the way gunshot injuries affect those living in the U.S. The numbers below represent a three-year average of the most recent HCUPnet data available (2013, ‘14, and ‘16).

This difference in data source has had an impact on some of the gun violence statistics shared here compared to previous statistics reported by Brady. Amongst those differences, it is important to note that data reported for children and teens previously included 0-19 year olds, and now contains data only for 1-17-year-olds. This change is responsible for a significant decrease in the number of deaths and injuries reported in this category due to the high number of gunshot injuries found amongst 18-19 year olds.

Statistics on Daily Gun Violence in America

Daily Gun Violence Impacting People of All Ages in the U.S.

Without seeing the numbers, it may be easier to dismiss the severity of our current gun violence epidemic. By sharing these gun violence statistics, our goal is to inform, educate, and to ignite change across the country. If these numbers anger and upset you as much as they do us, join our fight and take action against gun violence.

Every day, 313 people are shot in the United States. Among those:

  • 103 people are shot and killed
  • 210 survive gunshot injuries
  • 95 are intentionally shot by someone else
  • 63 die from gun suicide
  • 10 survived an attempted gun suicide
  • 1 is killed unintentionally
  • 90 are shot unintentionally
  • 1 is killed by legal intervention
  • 4 are shot by legal intervention
  • 1 died but the intent was unknown
  • 12 are shot but the intent was unknown

DAILY GUN VIOLENCE IMPACTING children and teens (1-17)

Every day, 21 children and teens (1-17) are shot in the United States. Among those:

  • 4 die from gun violence
  • 2 are murdered
  • 17 children and teens survive gunshot injuries
  • 8 are intentionally shot by someone else
  • 2 children and teens either die from gun suicide or survive an attempted gun suicide
  • 8 children and teens are shot instances of family fire — a shooting involving an improperly stored or misused gun found in the home resulting in injury or death

Annual Gun Violence Impacting People of All Ages in the U.S.

Every year, 114,328 people are shot. Among those:

  • 37,603 people die from gun violence
  • 13,380 are murdered
  • 76,725 people survive gunshot injuries
  • 34,566 are intentionally shot by someone else
  • 22,926 died from gun suicide
  • 3,554 survive an attempted gun suicide
  • 478 are killed intentionally
  • 510 are killed by legal intervention
  • 1,376 are shot by legal intervention
  • 310 die but the intent was unknown
  • 4,471 are shot but the intent is unknown
  • 529 women are killed by their husband or male dating partner*

ANNUAL GUN VIOLENCE IMPACTING children and teens (ages 1-17)

Every year, 7,878 children and teens are shot in the United States. Among those:

  • 1,584 children and teens die from gun violence
  • 818 are murdered
  • 6,294 children and teens survive gunshot injuries
  • 2,788 are intentionally shot by someone else
  • 637 die from gun suicide
  • 166 survived an attempted gun suicide
  • 9 are killed by legal intervention
  • 101 are shot by legal intervention
  • 86 are killed unintentionally
  • 2,893 are shot unintentionally
  • 34 die but the intent was unknown
  • 380 are shot but the intent is unknown

*This number is a five-year average derived from Violence Policy Center’s “When Men Murder Women” analysis of FBI homicide data, 2013-17 (the five most recent years available for this).

Brady averaged the five most recent years of complete data from death certificates (2014-2018) available via CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System, cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/fatal.html, and three most recent years of complete data from emergency department visits (2013, ‘14, and ‘16) available via the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) online query system, hcupnet.ahrq.gov. Numbers may not sum to 100% because of rounding of CDC averages.

Emergency department statistics on HCUPnet are from the HCUP Nationwide Emergency Department Sample (NEDS), State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD), and State Inpatient Databases (SID). All diagnoses of external cause of injury that patients receive in emergency departments are assigned an International Classification of Diseases (ICD) code. The assignments of specific ICD codes are reflected in the data shown here.