10 Facts About Gun Related Deaths In the US

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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.


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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