Gun Deaths and Injuries

Gun Deaths and Injuries

The societal cost of U.S. injuries from firearms, including lost work time, medical care, insurance, criminal-justice expenses, pain and suffering and lost quality of life, amounted to about $174 billion in 2010, according to an analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Fatal injuries accounted for $153.3 billion, or nearly 90 percent of the costs. Suicides accounted for 53 percent of the societal cost of firearm injuries, followed by homicides and assaults, accounting for 41 percent. Unintentional acts, legal intervention and acts of undetermined intent account for the remainder.

Deaths By Firearms, 2013 And 2014

  Number Percent of total
Deaths caused by firearms 2013 2014 (1) 2013 2014 (1)
Accidental discharge of firearms 505 586 1.5% 1.7%
Suicide by firearms 21,175 21,334 63.8 63.5
Assault (homicide) by firearms 11,208 10,945 33.8 32.6
Undetermined intent 281 270 0.8 0.8
Total (2) 33,169 33,599 100.0% 100.0%

(1) Preliminary.
(2) Excludes deaths resulting from legal intervention.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Vital Statistics Report.

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