Last week, a teenager in Florida opened fire in a high school and killed 17 people.
Nikolas Cruz, 19, used a legally obtained AR-15 assault-style rifle at his former high school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The mass shooting sparked the usual round of thoughts and prayers before reigniting the age-old gun control debate.
Here are a few 2018 statistics from The Trace, a nonprofit news organization dedicated to expanding coverage of guns in the U.S.
7,036 — the number of gun violence incidents this year through Saturday, Feb. 17. (Source: http://www.gunviolencearchive.org/)
1,939 — the number of deaths this year
3,353 — the number of injuries
71 — the number of children (ages 0-11) killed or injured
379 — the number of teens (ages 12-17) killed or injured
32 — mass shootings
41 — officer involved incidents in which an officer was shot or killed
312 — officer involved incident in which a subject or suspect was shot or killed
285 — home invasions involving guns
194 — incidents with a defensive use of a gun
229 — unintentional shootings
The following numbers come from a major Pew Research Center survey released in June 2017.
42% of U.S. adults say they live in a gun-owning household
57% of U.S. adults say they live in a household with no guns
89% of both gun owners and non-owners favor limiting access to guns for people with mental illnesses
87% of gun owners favor background checks for private sales and at gun shows
77% of non-gun owners favor background checks for private sales and at gun shows