And gun suicides... in 2011 there were 19,766.
And that is just deaths, not injuries by firearms. Firearm injury in the United States has averaged 32,300 deaths annually between 1980 and 2007. It is the second leading cause of injury death after motor vehicle crashes. While the ratio varies, there are an average of five nonfatal firearm injuries for every two firearm deaths.
And as that study by the University of Pennsylvania, Firearms Research Centrer notes gun control coupled with aggressive enforcement works and they cite New York as an example.
New York City experienced a large increase in the rate of firearm homicides in the late 1980s and early 1990s. After aggressive policing tactics and regulations beginning in 1994 in the City, New York State’s firearm homicide rate is now lower than in the rest of the country.
And the cost both in lives and dollars is staggering.
Two years ago, 30,470 people died from homicides or suicides using firearms, according to data compiled by the CDC. Guns were the most common means of homicides and suicides, the latter of which accounted for nearly two-thirds of the deaths. Suicide by firearm was the leading cause of violence-related injury deaths in 2010, followed by homicides with firearms, the CDC reported. Together, they made up 57 percent of violent deaths.
Gun-related fatalities are on pace to surpass deaths from automobile collisions by 2015, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
The CDC attempts to put a price tag on gun violence in an earlier report. Combining the direct medical costs of treating fatal gun injuries with the economic damage of lost lives, firearms-related deaths cost the United States $37 billion in 2005, the most recent year for which a CDC estimate is available. Non-fatal gun injuries cost an additional $3.7 billion that year, according to the agency.
Edited by Wetcoaster, 21 January 2013 - 09:42 AM.