Firearm laws, violence & the US

According to the second amendment of the US Constitution, “a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed” upon. Therefore, all persons 18 and above are permitted to buy firearms restricted only by the laws according to their state, some being more liberal, while others lean more conservative.


Gun violence is the driving cause of early death U.S. It kills more than 38,000 people and generates roughly 85,000 injuries every year. This year alone there have been 47,684 incidents – of which 1,493 were defensive – that have resulted in 12,107 deaths and 23,614 injuries. Out of those, 2,908 have been children and teens between the ages of 0 and 17.*

It is estimated that there are between 250 and 280 million firearms in the U.S. alone. Furthermore, 86% of juveniles in correctional facilities are reported to have owned guns at one point or another, while an additional 65% of these offenders frequently own three or more illegal weapons and firearms.

Overall, across the globe, an approximate 500 people die every day due to gun violence and 44% of all killings involve guns; moreover, over the course of the four years between 2012 and 2016, 1.04 million deaths have been accounted for in relation to firearm violations. Most of the time both perpetrators and victims tend to be male, nevertheless, it is essential to notice that women are at a greater risk of partner and sexual gun violence.**