Technology Can Save Lives

 

Gun safety technology is an integral part of a multifaceted approach to preventing firearm suicides, unintentional shootings, and violence committed with stolen guns.

 

Children and Young Adults

  • Roughly 4.6 million children live in a home with at least one unlocked and loaded gun.
  • Each day in America, 18 children and young adults under 25 die from firearm injuries.
  • More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0–19 year olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend.
  • 2,811 teenagers and children between the ages of 0 and 19 were injured or killed in unintentional shootings in 2017 alone.
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More than 75% of guns used in suicide attempts and unintentional injuries of 0–19 year olds were stored in the residence of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

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85% of suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal.

Suicide Prevention

  • 3,145 young people under the age of 24 died by suicide in 2017.
  • 85% of suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal, compared with drug overdoses, which are around 2% fatal.
  • Gun suicides among minors over 10 years old increased by 60% from 2007 to 2014.
  • 90% of first-time suicide attempt survivors don’t go on to die by suicide.

Unintentional Shootings and Deaths

  • 89% of unintentional shooting deaths among children occur in the home, most with an unsecured, loaded gun in their parents’ absence.
  • 73% of children aged nine and under know the location of their parents’ firearms and 36% had handled the guns.
  • Many young children, including children as young as three, are strong enough to fire handguns.
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Nearly half of gun owners with children under 18 living at home say all of the guns in their home are unlocked.

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80% of stolen guns are never recovered.

Gun Theft

  • 500,000 guns are stolen each year.
  • 10–15% of stolen guns are later used in crimes.
  • 1,600 guns are stolen in the US every day.
  • On average, only about 11% of stolen firearms are recovered.
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