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.
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.
85% of suicide attempts with a firearm are fatal.
- 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.
Nearly half of gun owners with children under 18 living at home say all of the guns in their home are unlocked.
80% of stolen guns are never recovered.
- 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.