• An average of 31,000 people are killed in the U.S. by firearms each year — one death every 17 minutes. Another 73,000 gunshot victims are treated in emergency rooms.
  • More civilians are killed by firearms every two years than all the Americans killed in the Vietnam War.
  • African-Americans, who represent about 13 percent of the population, suffer 54 percent of the homicides.
  • Sixty-two percent of gun deaths are suicides — 52 per day. The vast majority are white males, and most of these are over age 45. Thirty-five percent of gun deaths are homicides — 30 per day. Among young African-American males, 3 percent are accidental.
  • White males (40 percent of the population) account for 80 percent of suicides.
  • Approsimately 1.7 million children live in homes with loaded, unlocked guns.
  • Abused women are five tiems more likely to be killed by their abuser if there is a firearm in the home.
  • Regions with higher rates of gun ownership have significantly higher rates of homicide.
  • Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds, and is the leading cause among African-Americans ages 15 to 24 years.
  • About 4.5 million firearms, including 2 million handguns, are sold annually. There are an estimated 280 million to 310 million firearms in the U.S., almost one for every man, woman and child.
  • No-background-check sales account for an estimated 40 percent of all gun sales.
  • For each instance of a gun being used for self-defense, one is used:
    1. 11 times for a completed or atempted suicide.
    2. 7 times in a criminal assault or homicide.
    3. 4 times in an accidental shooting.
  • Kansas gun laws rank among the weakest in the nation.
  • Kansas does not require background checks on sales between unlicensed individuals.
  • Kansas does not require gun owners to register firearms nor report lost or stolen guns.
  • Criminals are accessing guns via straw purchases at Topeka gun shows.
  • Congress has effectively banned the centers for Disease Control and all other federal agencies from conducting research on the public health impacts of gun violence.