Just The Facts

The Social Cost of U.S. Guns

How much does the United States spend each year on gun injuries, crimes and consequences?

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Takeaways


  • Violent crime involving guns costs the U.S. public $3.7 billion each year.

1. Nonfatal gun injuries and gun deaths cost the U.S. $64.6 billion annually from medical bills and lost productivity.

2. Violent crime involving guns costs the U.S. public $3.7 billion each year from medical bills, court system costs, lost labor productivity, etc.

3. Inpatient hospital stays for gun injuries are an average of $14,000 more expensive than average cost of inpatient hospital visits for other causes.

4. U.S. gun injuries are concentrated in low-income regions with limited or no insurance. A majority of all injuries occurred in postal codes in the lowest income quartile.

From STUDY: Gun Violence Hospitalizations Cost Over $600 Million In 2010 Alone by Sy Mukherjee (ThinkProgress Health)

 

 

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  • 20eric

    One can only ask in utter dismay, how come the rest of the world is apart from the occasional copy cat not plagued with that scourge? Pretty simple really, most civilised people settle their grievances in a civilised way.