Researchers have recently found some devastating news regarding the ongoing issue of gun violence in the United States. Investigators at Boston University have discovered that exactly 99.85% percent of Americans will know at least one person in their lives who is affected by gun violence. This is alarming news, really, for all Americans. This information was based from roughly 30,000 gun related deaths each year, as well as 80,000 non-fatal injuries from gun violence. This 99.85% is up slightly from the last time there was research done on this topic, which was not quite as high.
As it was previously stated, researchers from Boston University provided the research for this topic. Their investigation team included Bindu Kalesan, Janice Weinberg, and Sandro Galea. The trio claim that they began this project with an effort to inform the American public about just how bad gun violence is in the United States. The team stated that the issue with gun violence is not quite understood throughout the country. Their report was the first of its kind to show just how much gun violence affects the average citizen. On a positive note, it was found that most people will end up knowing a survivor of gun violence, rather than someone who died from it.
While conducting the research for this project, the group from Boston University had to make some estimates and assumptions. First off, they had to take a rough estimate of the amount of victims of the violence. They also took into account that gun violence can happen at any random time, so therefore, in their research, all people face the same amount of risk for violent situations with guns. In actuality, minorities usually have a higher risk when it comes to gun violence. Lastly, it was assumed that each citizen maintained a constant number of relationships during their lifetime.
I found this information to be very surprising. I never would have expected to find that 99% of people in this country will either know someone who is killed or injured in an act of gun violence. At the same time, I think that these numbers actually do make sense. As of right now, I do not know of anyone on a personal level who has been affected by gun violence, but now I know that there is a very good chance that I may at some point in my life. To me, this information is actually very sad, and I hope that these numbers will go down in the years to come.