MARCH 6, 2013

U.S. GUN KILLINGS IN 2010

An incredibly beautiful visualization of a terribly tragic and saddening study.

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From Website: U.S. GUN KILLINGS IN 2010

What this Data Reveals?

An Examination of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Report

69% OF THESE VICTIMS WERE KILLED WITH A HANDGUN

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports (UCR), 69% of all gun killings in 2010 were committed with a handgun. This figure is especially poignant as we debate the effect of banning assault rifles. While banning high-capacity magazines would affect the number of bullets loaded into a semi-automatic handgun, this and other proposed gun policies would have no direct affect on the availability of killers’ weapon of choice—the handgun.
57% OF GUN KILLING VICTIMS WERE BLACK

While black people accounted for 13.6% of the U.S. population in 2010, they made up over half of the gun victims. In contrast, white people made up 78.1% of the total population, but 41% of the victims. The burden of gun violence falls disproportionately upon the black population of America.

58% OF THOSE KILLED WERE 30 OR YOUNGER

In 2010, 5,597 people (58% of the victims) were killed at or before the age of 30. The average American lives to the age of 78, so that’s at least 48 years of life un-lived by the average gun victim. 1,091 people (11%) were killed at or under the age of 18—not even adults. Killed before such milestones as marriage, children, grandchildren, or a career, 58% of the people killed with a gun had barely begun to live their lives.

85% OF GUN KILLING VICTIMS WERE MALE

It has been argued that stricter gun control would reduce violent crimes against women. At 85% of the total victims, 8,140 men were killed with a gun in 2010. Although violent crimes against women are an important and international issue, this data reflects another very important, but less widely recognized public health issue-the risk to men of violent gun crime.

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