The Social Cost of U.S. Guns
How much does the United States spend each year on gun injuries, crimes and consequences?
September 24, 2013
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)