Gun violence is an increasingly dangerous problem across the United States. And even though the GOP presidential candidates — who have collectively received $229,842 in donations from pro-gun group — oppose all gun restrictions, most Americans want expanded gun safety measures.
A 2015 poll found that 93 percent of Americans support requiring a background check for all gun buyers.
Quick Facts: National
- There are around 33,000 gun deaths in the United States per year — equivalent to 90 individuals being killed with a gun every day. TWEET
- The rate of mass shootings — shootings in a public space in which the shooter kills four or more people — has tripled since 2011. TWEET
- From 2011–2014, a mass shooting in the United States occurred, on average, every 64 days. TWEET
- Strong gun laws — including universal background checks — have been proven to effectively reduce gun violence. TWEET
- Over 80 percent of gun owners support requiring background checks for all gun sales. TWEET
- From 2003 to 2012, 34 percent of all female homicide victims were killed by an intimate partner. Fifty-five percent of those murders were committed with a gun. TWEET