Gun violence rises in 2017

Gun violence was responsible for 61,142 incidents reported and verified in 2017, up significantly from the 58,819 US firearms incidents in 2016.

The trend has been rising in recent years, with 53,719 such incidents in 2015 and 51,866 in 2014.

In 2014, 12,563 Americans died from gun violence, compared with 13,510 deaths in 2015, 15,088 in 2016 and 15,514 in 2017, according to data from the Gun Violence Archive [GVA].

Last year there were 728 children age 11 or younger who were killed or injured with firearms. Previously there were 673 children killed or injured in 2016, 696 in 2015, and 609 in 2014.

GVA was established in 2012 as an independent research and data collection group to provide comprehensive data for the national conversation regarding gun violence.

“Gun violence in the United States is a major national concern that results in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries annually,” said Lisa McCormick, a New Jersey Democrat who has been vocal about the need for better law enforcement and other action to reduce gun violence.

GVA’s definition of gun violence is intended to fully assess disparate elements of gun related incidents so that all types of shootings are counted, including accidental, children shooting themselves, murders, armed robberies, familicide, mass shootings, home invasions, drive-bys and everything else.

The group derives definitions from CDC, FBI, NIH, and other organizations that have established standards.

Although 2017 saw the deadliest mass shooting in US history, when a deranged gunman opened fire on a crowded outdoor music concert in Las Vegas, federal officials show no sign of movement toward legislative action or enforcement of existing laws.

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