Gun violence has changed the way many Americans live their lives.
- Exposure to gun violence can create a cycle of violence. Psychological effects may include anger and disassociation, desensitization to violence, and an increased likelihood that violence will be used to resolve problems or express emotions.
- Routine gun violence is more concentrated in African American communities and disproportionately affects young men, particularly young African Americans.
- The US is average among developed countries on urban crime rate, mental illness, use of violent media, and non-firearm homicide rates. But our gun homicide rate is 20% higher because of easy access to guns. Guns don’t kill people; they just make it really easy.
- 60% of all gun deaths are suicides. A gun in the home makes a suicide 3x more likely because many suicide attempts are impulsive; 85-91% of firearm suicide attempts are successful.
- The community pays a significant price for gun violence. A 2019 study by Force Detroit showed that one gun homicide in Detroit costs local and state governments $1.6M; for a gunshot injury, it’s $1.1M, click here for a cost breakdown. Crime and gun violence encourage urban flight, thus reducing housing values, community investment, and business growth.
For More Information:
“Impact of Gun Violence on Children, Families and Communities,” Child Welfare League of America, vol. 23, no. 1.
“Detroit homicide prosecutions cost society $1.6M per shooting, report says,” The Detroit News, June 29, 2019.