In yet another incident of gun violence in United States, 3 people died on Wednesday night after a man opened fire in a Walmart Supercenter in Denver, Colorado. Thornton Police Department confirmed that the shooting occurred inside the store and at least 8 shots were fired. Now, the Colorado shooting is a mere reminder of a much larger issue that has been, arguably, the biggest problem in the United States from several decades i.e. gun violence.
The number of deaths caused by gun violence in United States every year are staggering and the number of guns per capita in US are much more alarming. According to a survey conducted by Congressional Research Service in 2009, there were approximately 310 million firearms in possession of US citizens. And as per the United States Census Bureau, the total population of the country in 2009 was estimated at 306 million. The aforementioned figures clearly imply that there are more guns than people living in the country. Here we bring you some stats on guns in US:
- To start with, purchasing a gun in United States is extremely hassle-free. Any US citizen or permanent resident can buy a gun given that the buyer has a clean police record and no critical mental illness. The cheapest firearm can be purchased for as low as $100.
- According to a Pew study in 2017, 75% of the total gun owners in US said that owning a firearm is essential to their own sense of freedom. And a large majority of the population does not agree to gun control in the country.
- The CRS survey of 2009 said that every 100 residents own 101 guns in United States of America.
- According to an annual report by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, there are approximately 54,026 licensed gun stores in US. Almost 98% of the US population lives within 10 miles of a pawn shop.
- A close to 5,000 gun shows are held across United States every year which effectively makes 400 shows in a month.
- When compared to 22 high income countries, gun violence is 25 times higher in United States.
- People of United States own approx 48% of the total civilian-owned guns in the world. According to a National Institute of Justice report, there are 650 million guns owned by civilians in the world.
- US makes up a mere 5% of the total world population but when it comes to mass shooters, US has more than 30% of them.
- If the data of Gun Violence Archive is to be believed, there is at least one major mass shooting incident every two months in US. From 288 deaths due to mass shootings in 2013 to 432 in 2016, the numbers are increasing.
- In year 2010, more than $500 millions of US taxpayers money was spent on the hospital costs due to hun violence and the costs are on a staggering rise ever since.