IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Gun Violence Exploding in the United States
2. Why Gun Violence is Soaring All of a Sudden
3. 2020 & 2021 a Perfect Storm For Gun Violence
Overview – Gun Violence Exploding in the United States
Through the first six months of 2021, gunfire killed nearly 10,000 people in the United States, about 54 lives lost per day, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research organization. That’s 14 more deaths per day than the average toll during the same period of the previous six years.
This means we are on-track to have more gun violence deaths than in 2020, which was the highest in more than 30 years at 19,379. That number does not include suicides, of which there were 24,090 last year.
Researchers cite a number of factors they say are driving the upswing in gun violence including the unprecedented surge in gun sales last year. In 2020, a year of pandemic, protests and elections, people legally purchased nearly 40 million guns (39,695,315), a 40% increase over 2019 sales, according to analysis of federal data on gun background checks.
About 40% of gun purchasers in 2020 were first-time buyers, according to the background check data. Perhaps even more interesting, the 2020 data show half of all gun buyers were women. One-fifth were Hispanic and one-fifth were Black.