Get educated about gun violence

Gun violence kills about 30,000 Americans each year and injures more than twice as many.

Examine the numbers for yourself at the Center for Disease Control’s website. The WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an easy-to-use, interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data. You can research data by year(s), manner of injury, cause of injury, state or region, race, sex, and age.

The database provides the following information:

Number of people killed by firearms in the U.S.
Year Gun deaths Non-fatal gunshot injuries
2000 28,663 75,685
2001 29,573 63,012
2002 30,242 58,841
2003 30,136 65,834
2004 29,569 64,389
2005 30,694 69,825
2006 30,896 71,417
2007 31,224 69,863
2008 31,593 78,622
2009 31,347 66,769
2010 31,672 73,505
2011 32,351 78,883
2012 33,563 81,396
2013 33,636 84,258
2014 33,599 81,034

These numbers show that gun violence is an enormous public health problem in this country.

Data from the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) show that gun violence is also a serious problem in Oregon.

Number of Oregonians killed by firearms
Year Oregonian gun deaths
2000 378 (80% were suicides)
2001 360 (80% were suicides)
2002 376 (77% were suicides)
2003 393 (84% were suicides)
2004 383 (78% were suicides)
2005 402 (79% were suicides)
2006 384 (80% were suicides)
2007 387 (84% were suicides)
2008 385 (83% were suicides)
2009 417 (83% were suicides)
2010 458 (82% were suicides)
2011 420 (82% were suicides)
2012 443 (83% were suicides)
2013 462 (84% were suicides)
2014 497 (85% were suicides)

The 2000 to 2004 data are set forth in the Oregon Vital Statistics Annual Report for the year specified, in volume 2, section 6, table 6-30 (in the 2000 report, table 6-29). Click here to view the reports. The 2005 to 2014 data are from Center for Disease Control: Injury and Prevention Control: Data and Statistics (WISQARS) for Oregon.

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