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Everytown February 17th, 2021 | "Gun violence costs America an estimated $280 billion annually."

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Posted on February 20 2021

Everytown February 17th, 2021   |   "Gun violence costs America an estimated $280 billion annually."



Please find below only the first section of the Everytown report. If you have time, please open the links to review the entire article and the extent of the gun violence cost.

Executive Summary 

In an average year, gun violence in America kills nearly 40,000 people, injures more than twice as many, and costs our nation $280 billion. This staggering figure is higher than the entire US Department of Veterans Affairs’ annual budget. Without a doubt, the human cost of gun violence—the people who are taken from us and the survivors whose lives are forever altered—is the most devastating. But examining the serious economic consequences of gun violence is paramount to understanding just how extensive and expensive this crisis is. And during these times of unprecedented economic uncertainty and stretched-thin health care resources from the coronavirus pandemic, these vast funds could be directed elsewhere if many of these shooting tragedies were prevented from occurring in the first place. 

This $280 billion problem represents the lifetime costs associated with gun violence, including three types of costs: immediate costs starting at the time of an incident; subsequent costs such as treatment, long-term physical and mental health care, forgone earnings, criminal justice costs; and cost estimates of quality-of-life lost over a victim’s lifespan.

As survivors, families, communities, employers, and taxpayers, we all pay for the enormous costs associated with this violence, whether we own a gun or not. 

On an average day:

  • American taxpayers pay a daily average of $34.8 million for medical care, first responders, ambulances, police, and criminal justice services related to gun violence.
  • Families directly affected by gun violence everyday face $4.7 million in out-of-pocket costs for medical bills and mental health support, and $140.3 million in losses from work missed due to injury or death.
  • Society loses an estimated $586.8 million per day in intangible costs from the pain and suffering of gun violence victims and their families.
  • Employers every day lose $1.4 million in productivity, revenue, and costs required to recruit and train replacements for victims of gun violence.


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