11 Facts About Guns

11 Facts About Guns

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Welcome to Firearms Home a global movement of millions of young people making positive change, online and off! The 11 facts you want are below, and the sources for the facts are at the very bottom of the page. After you learn something, Do Something! Find out how to take action here.

  1. Americans own approximately 270 million guns, which gives America the highest rate of gun ownership with, 89 guns for every 100 people.[1]
  2. Approximately 20% of gun owners own 65% of the guns.[2]
  3. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms reports that about 9.3 million firearms were manufactured in the United States in 2015.[3]
  4. More than 36,000 Americans were victims of firearm-related deaths in 2015.[4]
  5. In 2015, 11.3 of every 100,000 people in the US were victims of firearm-related deaths.[5]
  6. As of January 1, 2017, 19 states and Washington, DC, go beyond federal law by requiring background checks for all handgun sales.[6]
  7. Gun-related deaths are now the third leading cause of death of American children.[7]
  8. Every day, 7 children are killed and 12 more are injured with a gun.[8]
  9. 44% of Americans say they personally know someone who has been shot with a gun, either accidentally or intentionally.[9]
  10. According to DoSomething.org, even though young people are disproportionately affected by gun violence, 85% of young people say they feel silenced in the debate over finding solutions.[10]
  11. 27 people were killed by guns in America on Christmas Day in 2015, which is equal to the total number of people killed in gun homicides in an entire year in Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Estonia, Bermuda, Hong Kong, and Iceland combined.[11]

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