Gun Control: US Shooting Deaths Surpass all Deaths in American Wars Put Together

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According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there have been more than 1.5 million Americans killed by gun violence since 1968.

In comparison, since the start of the American Revolution in 1775, there have been just over 1.2 million service members killed fighting in U.S. wars.

CDC data shows that in 2017, 39,773 people in the US lost by gun violence or suicide by firearm. This represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 Americans, up from 10.1 in 2010. This is the highest rate since 1996.

Americans killed in war:

  • American Revolution (1775-1783) - 4,435

  • War of 1812 (1812-1815) - 2,260

  • Mexican War (1846-1848) - 13,283

  • Civil War (1861-1865) - 498,332

  • Spanish-American War (1898-1902) - 2,446

  • World War I (1917-1918) - 116,516

  • World War II (1941 –1945) - 405,399

  • Korean War (1950-1953) - 54,246

  • Vietnam War (1964-1975) - 90,220

  • Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990- 1991) - 1,948

  • Global War on Terror (Oct 2001 - ) - 7,000+


source:

Deaths Resulting from Firearm- and Motor-Vehicle-Related Injuries - United States, 1968-1991, September 1998
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00023655.htm

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
https://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html

Department of Veterans Affairs, America’s Wars Fact Sheet, May 2017
https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/factsheets/fs_americas_wars.pdf