U.S. Gun Violence

Gun Firearm Violence Deaths Mortality
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The data in this report includes all deaths classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with firearms listed as the "mechanism." It includes all intents—both homicides and suicides. Despite much of the national focus on homicide gun deaths, roughly two-thirds of all firearm-related deaths are suicides. 

How do gun violence statistics vary by state?

Alaska had the highest firearm-related fatality rate in 2017, with 24.5 deaths per 100,000 people. Hawaii had the lowest rate: 2.5 deaths per 100,000 people. 

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How does gun violence affect different demographics?

By Sex

For males in 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for firearm-related injuries was over six times the rate for females. A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information suggests different lifestyles as well as other behavioral risk factors could be contributing to the wide disparity between genders' death rates. [1]

By Race

In 2017, African Americans were more than twice as likely to die from firearm-related causes as white Americans. Asians and Pacific Islanders had the lowest rate. In addition to different frequencies of assault, a number of factors may contribute to this disparity, such as differences in health insurance rates and medical treatment between races. [2]

How does gun violence vary by intent?

Gun violence mortality statistics can also be broken down by intent. The landscape of gun-related homicides looks very different from gun-related suicides. In some cases, states with extremely high rates of gun-related suicide have low rates of gun-related homicides.  

About the Data

Mortality data in this story was queried from the CDC Wonder API, based on the following parameters:

• Data reported as Underlying Cause of Death, ICD-10 codes: W32-W34, X72-X74, X93-X95, Y22-Y24, Y35.0. 

• Firearm homicides: X72-X74. 

• Firearm suicides: X93-X95.