39,707 Americans were killed by gun violence in 2019 - on average more than 108 daily. | Firearms were the leading cause of death for American children, teens, and young adults ages 1 to 24.
Posted on February 27 2021
"Despite the limitations, gun death data are the most reliable type of gun violence data currently available, but gun deaths are only the tip of the iceberg of gun violence. Many more people are shot and survive their injuries, are shot at but not hit, or witness gun violence. Many experience gun violence in other ways, by living in impacted communities, losing loved ones to gun violence, or being threatened with a gun."
"In 2019, 109 Americans died from gun violence daily. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Gun violence is preventable."
"Tragically, more than 3,300 children and teens (ages 0-19) were killed by gun violence in 2019, including over 2,000 by homicide and 1,100 by suicide. An average of nine children and teens were killed by gun violence daily in 2019, including six by homicide and three by suicide."
"In 2019, 75% of all homicides were committed by firearm: Guns are used in homicides nearly nine times more than the second most common method of homicide (cutting/piercing) and more than 30 times more than suffocation."
"Over the last 20 years, the most recent five years (between 2015-2019) have been the deadliest. The highest gun death rate occurred in 2017, followed by 2018, 2019, 2016, and 2015."
"In total, 19,524 Americans under the age of 40 died by gun violence in 2019 -- 49% of all gun deaths."
"Other notable injury death comparisons:
• 14 times as many Americans died by a gunshot than by cutting/piercing (knife, etc.)
• Nearly 9 times more Americans died by a gunshot than by drowning.
• Nearly 13 times more Americans died by a gunshot than in a fire."