Monday numbers – a closer look at gun violence in the U.S.

Monday numbers – a closer look at gun violence in the U.S.

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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

About the author

Melissa Boughton, Courts and Law Reporter, joined N.C. Policy Watch in September 2016. She covers local, state and federal courts and writes about key decisions that impact the lives of North Carolinians. Before joining the project, Melissa worked the crime and courts beats at The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C.; The Winchester Star in Winchester, Va.; and The Kerrville Daily Times in Kerrville, TX. While reporting in Charleston, she covered the Emanuel church shootings and the police killing of Walter Scott. She was part of the team that was named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in breaking news reporting for coverage of Scott’s death.

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