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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/ [2])

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 [3] 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