Facts and Resources on Gun Violence and Children

ABC News: What Young Kids Do With Guns When Parents Aren’t Around – This 15 minute segment is eye opening and horrifying for any parent.

Have a Conversation with Kids About Firearm Safety

Merkley’s Gun Safety – “Merkley + Partners takes the kids' side in its new campaign for gun safety, with boys and girls questioning why adults don't go to greater lengths to hide their firearms.”

Not a Toy – Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence



Fact Sheet



Arguing with someone who is convinced that guns make us safer can be a dispiriting experience. When it’s not a dialogue, it’s better not to engage. Still, being aware of the statistics and reality of gun violence is a reaffirmation of the importance of our work, and can be useful. The facts are on our side – guns don’t make us safer.

  • Reports done by the FBI and the CDC show in 2013 more preschool children from newborns to 5 years old were killed than police officers in the line of duty.

  • In 2013, 1,670 children (age 0 to 18 years) died by gunshot and an additional 9,718 were injured.

  • In a majority of unintentional child gun deaths, the shooter was also a minor. The shooter was 14 or under in 73 percent of incidents.

  • Since 2013, there have been at least 159 school shootings in America — an average of nearly one a week.

  • More than 44 million Americans own firearms. Of the 192 million firearms owned in the United States, 65 million are handguns.

  • A gun kept in the home is far more likely to kill someone known to the family than to kill or injure an intruder, and triples the risk of homicide. 

  • 1,700,000 children live with unlocked or loaded guns.

  • The risk of suicide is 5 times more likely if a gun is kept in the home.  More than 75 percent of guns used by youth in suicide attempts were kept in the home of the victim, a relative, or a friend.

  • From December 2012 to December 2013, at least 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings — almost two each week. And even this larger number reflects just a fraction of the total number of children injured or killed with guns in the U.S. each year, regardless of the intent.

  • 65 percent of unattended deaths took place in a home or vehicle that belonged to the victim’s family. Another 19 percent took place in the home of a relative or friend of the victim.

  • 70 percent (62 of 89 cases) could have been prevented if the firearm had been stored locked and unloaded.

  • A Harvard survey of children in gun-owning households found that more than 70 percent of children under age 10 knew where their parents stored their guns — even when they were hidden — and 36 percent of the children reported handling the weapons.

  • 39 percent of parents who thought their child was unaware of the location of the household’s gun were contradicted by their children.

  • One of every five parents who believed their child had not handled the gun was mistaken.

  • 68 percent of school shooters acquired their guns from their home, or that of a relative.

  • States that restrict assault weapons also have the lowest per capita homicide rates. However, because guns are easily trafficked in interstate and international commerce, federal rules are needed.

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence


Everytown.org - umbrella organization. The website has a lot of reports and statistics. 


Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence