Gun violence is present throughout the developed world. Most developed world deaths are related to natural causes. Deaths in the Under 35 age group can hightlight preventable causes of death.
Hover over the bars below to learn about causes of death in various countries.
*Note: All other causes of deaths include the following but are not limited to: poisonings, exposure to mechanical forces, animal contact, unintentional suffocation, adverse effects of medical treatment, and more.
It is apparent that US gun deaths are among the highest in the developed world. Spatial patterns of gun violence differ widely from state to state over time, and gun-related suicides follow a spatial pattern distinct from gun-related murders.
Click on a state to explore county-level data and use the slider to see how death rates have changed over time.
Deaths per 100,000
Guns are within the top 5 causes of death in every state for young Americans. In fact, gun related deaths are prevalent in every race and age group in the US.
Click on your state to see its demographics reflected in the charts.
*Note: These charts focus on deaths of those under the age of 35. Beyond the age of 35, natural causes, such as aging and chronic diseases, account for an increasing share of deaths. Specifically examining deaths in the Under 35 age group allows for a better understanding of other possibly preventable causes of death.
The majority of murders in the U.S are committed with firearms. Firearms drove a prominent increase in overall murders during 2015-2016.
Use the Firearms versus Non-Firearms filter to see the trend in each of these groups of weapons used in murders.
*"All Other Means" includes Asphyxiation, Drowning, Explosives, Fire, Narcotics, Poison, and Strangulation.
*"Firearms, type not stated" can include murders using homemade guns and murders where the murder weapon was not recovered.
*"Other Weapons or Weapons Not Stated" potentially includes firearms.
Certain age groups seem most vulnerable to committing murder, mass shootings and suicide with firearms. Further research of underlying causes in these age groups may help prevent future acts.
Hover over the following cells to see the percentage of perpetrators in each age group, by category.
*"Mass shooters" are defined as those killing or injuring 3 or more people in a given event.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2016 on CDC WONDER Online Database, released December, 2017. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2016, as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program. Other external causes of accidental injury, Intentional self-harm, Assault by Firearms.
The Kaggle Mass Shootings verified database was cross checked with the The Mother Jones US Mass Shootings database. Age of perpetrator(s) was manually updated for 2015/2016 cases where convictions were now available. This study defines “Mass Shooters” as those killing or injuring 3 or more people in a given event.
FBI Expanded Homicide Data Table 2, 2012-2016.
FBI Expanded Homicide Data Table 4, 2009-2016.