Gun Violence Statistics: How Many Gun Deaths Occur Every Year?

There Were 39,707 Gun Deaths In America In 2019

According to the CDC, there were over 39,000 gun deaths in the U.S. in 2019.

This total is made up of five sub-causes of deaths:

  • Accidental discharge of firearms (which corresponds to “ICD-10 113” codes W32-W34)
  • Intentional self-harm (suicide) by discharge of firearms (X72-X74)
  • Assault (homicide) by discharge of firearms (X93-X95)
  • Discharge of firearms, undetermined intent (Y22-Y24)

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

Self-Inflicted Deaths Make Up 60% Of Gun Deaths

While gun violence is often discussed as the source of gun deaths, the data shows that the majority of gun deaths are self-inflicted (suicide).

In 2019, self-inflicted gun deaths in the U.S. totaled 23,941, or 60% of the 39,707 total gun deaths.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

Gun Deaths Are Up 27% Over The Past Decade

Over the past decade, gun deaths have increased from 31,347 to 39,707, a 27% increase.

While these figures can seem impersonal and difficult to empathize with, this increase is equal to an extra gun death per hour, every day of the day. 

Gun Deaths In America - 2009 vs 2019

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm

Alaska Has The Highest Gun Death Rate

The five states with the highest gun death rate were Alaska, Mississippi, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Alabama.

Alaska topped this list with a death rate of 24.4 deaths per 10,000 individuals.

Imagine that for a minute.  That’s 2-3 deaths per 1,000 people every single year.

Maybe you have 1,000 people in your church or your graduating class.  That would be 2-3 of them dying from firearms every year.  It’s a staggering amount.  

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/injury.htm