10 Facts About Gun Related Deaths In the US


America is a land of guns. But despite mass killings -- which have occurred with increasing frequency in recent years -- support for gun rights is still resolute in America. Here are some facts about guns and guns related deaths in the US.

Almost 2/3 of all murders in the United States involve guns.

Among U.S. suicide deaths in 2007, firearms were used most often (50.7%).

In 1998, only 151 people were murdered with guns in Canada, compared to 9,300 in the United States.

The U.S. has the highest gun ownership rate in the world. There are 89 guns for every 100 Americans.

For millions of Americans, owning a gun is a prime symbol of liberty.

At the time that the Constitution was passed, just 14.7% of male property owners had guns. Today a third of households has at least a gun.

Gun violence costs Americans $100 billion a year in medical fees, lost wages, and other costs.

The mortality rate for stab wounds to the heart is 30%. The mortality rate for gunshot wounds to the heart is 84%.

In 2009, 59.8% of all firearm injury deaths were suicides, while 36.7% were homicides. In other words, suicide tops homicide nearly two to one in gun-related deaths.

Polls find that 78% of blacks support stricter gun controls as opposed to 48% of whites.