June 13, 2013

Armed & Undercover Facts

Interesting Facts Related to This Episode

  1. In a study analyzing death rates from 1950 to 1993 in 26 industrialized countries, the firearm-related death rate among children under the age of 15 was over 10 times higher in the United States than in the other countries studied combined.

  2. In 2010, The ATF initiated 10,072 criminal investigations into firearms cases, including illegal possession and firearm trafficking.

  3. According to ATF statistics, there were 5,459,240 firearms manufactured in 2010 in the United States. In 2000, that number was 3,873,210.

  4. There were 992,975 NFA (National Firearms Act) Firearms processed in 2011, up from 147,484 in 2005.

  5. Mandated by the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, the FBI launched the National Instant Criminal Background Check System in 1998, which is used by Federal Firearms Licensees to determine whether or not a prospective buyer is eligible to purchase firearms.

  6. Since the inception of the Brady Act in 1994, through the end of 2009, there were over 100 million applications for firearm permits or transfers that were subject to background checks and almost 2 million denials.

  7. According to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, there is an association between household firearm ownership and homicide.

  8. In 2007, there were 182,479 injury related deaths in the U.S. Of those, 31,224 were firearm related.

  9. In 2009, the United States had a gun-related homicide rate of 2.98 per 100,00 people, more than quadruple that of any other G12 nation. In the same year, Mexico had a rate of 7.9.

  10. There are more guns in the world than passenger vehicles, approximately 875 million compared to 622 million.

  11. A study of firearm commerce concluded that 1% of licensed firearm dealers were responsible for nearly 60% of guns traced to crime.

  12. It is estimated that approximately 500,000 firearms are stolen every year from homes in the U.S.

  13. The financial impact of firearm-related violence is a debated topic, but one study estimates the cost of gun violence in the United States is around $100 billion a year.

  14. In a state-by-state comparison, Arizona ranked first in having the most permissive gun laws.

  15. Based on data from 1999 to 2007 analyzed from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona had the sixth highest firearm-related murder rate among US states.

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