Gun Violence Statistics
Gun violence in Maine
The death rate due to gun use is higher in Maine than in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey, and six other states (2005 CDC data).
The suicide rate in Maine is 30% above the national average for people age 20 to 24 according to the most recent data from the Maine CDC.
Firearms account for more than 50% of suicide deaths. Suicide attempts with guns are fatal 85% of the time, but of those who survive an initial attempt, only 10% later commit suicide.
Maine ranks 9th in the nation in the rate of women killed by men (2105). A loophole in current state law allows domestic abusers and felons to purchase guns without a background check.
The unrestricted sale of guns in Maine significantly increases the risk of domestic violence deaths, suicides, hate crimes, and homicides.
Gun violence in the United States
More than 200 million guns are in civilian hands, and 40% of guns are sold without background checks (National Institute of Justice, 1997).
Firearms are the second leading cause of death for children under 19 (after motor vehicle accidents) in the United States (Susan DeFrancesco, Children and Guns).
Up to 65% of deaths resulting from domestic violence involve guns used by intimate partners (Violence Policy Center).
Risk of murders was 3X higher in homes with one or more guns, due to their use by a spouse, intimate acquaintance, or close relative. (Violence Policy Center, 1997)
Risk of suicide among women increased nearly 5X in homes with one or more guns. (Violence Policy Center, 1997)
For every legally justifiable shooting that occurs in a home, 22 criminal unintentional, and suicide-related shootings occur (Brady Campaign).
It is estimated that gun violence costs the United States more than 100 billion dollars annually in medical costs, lost productivity, mental health care, and emergency transportation (Cook, 2000).