- Studies show that between 33% and 40% of American households with children have guns (Johnson 2004 and Peter Hart Research Associates Poll, 1999, American Journal of Public Health, April 2000)
- 42% of parents with guns keep at least one unlocked; 25% keep at least one loaded, and 14% keep one unlocked AND loaded (Global Strategy Group Parent Study commissioned by CPYV, 2011).
- A gun is 22 times more likely to be used in a completed or attempted suicide, criminal assault or homicide, or unintentional shooting death or injury than to be used in a self-defense shooting (Kellermann, p. 263).
Many unintentional injuries of children and teens result from access to firearms in the home.
- Almost 90 percent of accidental shootings involving children are linked to an easy-to-find, loaded handgun in the house (Society of Pediatric Nurses, 1998).
- Eighty-eight percent of the children who are injured or killed in unintentional shootings are shot in their own homes or in the homes of relatives or friends (Pediatrics 2005).
- An average of 8 kids and teens are killed by firearms every day and 42 additional children and teens are seriously injured (Injury Mortality Reports, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, 2010; 2011).
- In 2010, 134 children and teens ages 0-19 were killed in unintentional shootings (NCIPC).
- In 2011, 2,886 children and teens ages 0-19 were treated in emergency rooms for unintentional gunshot wounds (NCIPC).
- In 78% of accidental shooting deaths of children under 15, the child was shot by another person. In these cases, the person was almost always a friend or family member (Hemenway).