There is a painfully high amount of gun-related violence in the United States of America on an annual basis. Some deaths are point-blank murders, many are suicides, and many gun-related deaths happen by accident, due to negligent behavior or children getting their hands on weapons and firing a shot without knowing any better.
Gun violence statistics across the United States are alarming. About seventy-two percent of all murders across the nation involve the use of guns. According to the Department of Justice, 60% of adult firearm deaths are by suicide. The US has more than 33,000 gun deaths per year. In 2017, there were 39,773 deaths by firearms, the highest since 1986. Of these deaths, 23,854 were by suicide and 14,542 were homicides; which is 12 deaths per 100,000 people and seven deaths per 100,000 people respectively.
Suicides account for the highest number of gun-related deaths by state in the United States of America. Most people who have killed themselves with firearms of some type were also the registered and licensed owners of the weapons as well. A correlation that research has uncovered is that people in states with lower population density values are more likely to commit suicide by way of a gun. The thought behind this finding is that lower population densities mean lower rates of loneliness, isolation, and lack of purpose.
On this note, the states with the highest suicide rates are Montana, Alaska, and Wyoming, as well as various smaller cities in midwestern states of America. On the other end of the spectrum, states with large population sizes and even larger population density values, such as New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, have the lowest suicide rates in the United States.
Firearm deaths per year are not just a reflection of citizens failing to get along or respect each other's rights to life. Firearms have also been involved in the attempted assassinations of eleven presidents of the United States. Four presidents were killed by bullet wounds, but the point is that three handguns and one rifle were the weapons of choice for shooting, injuring, and ultimately killing four US presidents (Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy).
As of January of 2019, it is reported that the top five US states with the high rates of gun-related deaths are...
- Alaska - In Alaska, about fifty-six percent of all homes contain at least one gun.
- Montana - In Montana, sixty-seven-and-a-half percent of all households have a gun in the home.
- Alabama - There is a gun in roughly fifty-percent of all Alabama households.
- Louisiana - Forty-nine percent of homes in Louisiana have a gun inside.
- Missouri - A gun can be found in just below forty-four percent of all Missourian houses.
The five states that have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, in order from lowest deaths related to gun injuries, are…
- Hawaii - As the state with the fewest guns per household, twelve-and-a-half percent of all homes in Hawaii have a gun within the walls.
- Massachusetts - Fourteen-point-three percent of all homes in Massachusetts contain a gun.
- Rhode Island - As the state with the fourth lowest number of gun-related deaths, about fifteen-point-nine percent of all homes in Rhode Island have a gun in the household.
- New York - Firearms exist in about twenty-two-point-two percent of houses in New York.
- Connecticut - The homes in Connecticut are tied with the percentage of homes in New York that have firearms, which comes to a total of about twenty-two-point-two percent.
What percentage of Americans own guns? The United States has the highest percentage of gun ownership in the world. There are 120 firearms per 100 people in the US with 30% of Americans owning at least one gun and 43%. That means that the majority of gun owners own more than one firearm. According to the Pew Research Center, two-thirds of gun owners own more than one firearm and 29% own five or more.
How many Americans own guns? There are over 98 million gun owners in the United States. These gun owners own more guns than there are people in the United States, with a total of over 390 million guns for 327 million people.
The nation that ranks as number two on this list of gun-owning countries is Yemen, and even so, Yemen's population is shown to have about fifty-five guns per one hundred people. If anything, a little over fifty percent of Yemen's population owns guns, and it's possible that less than fifty percent of the population can be considered gun owners. Instead, it is likely that there are fewer gun owners and just multiple guns per gun-owning household.
These speculations of how many citizens own guns in the United States are just that -- speculations. However, what can be said for certain is that the United States of America is home to far more guns than any other countries in the world. This is a main contributor to the horrific rates of gun deaths by state in America.
Many states in the US do not have strong firearm laws or strict gun ownership rules. As a result, an abundance of gun-related injuries take place in states where gun laws aren’t strong. In fact, guns caused so much damage and so many losses of lives in 2018 that younger voters were more eager to vote on election day than ever. Millennials and Generation Z children have been majorly affected by gun violence in America.
As a unit, they were so appalled by the school shootings, deaths, and presence of guns in the hands of so many people on American soil. The elections of 2018 saw a high turnout of young voters and statistics showed that gun violence in the United States was a main player in their activism.