Although gun violence is primarily concentrated in cities, cities are becoming increasingly safer. Violence in cities persists, but it remains concentrated within small social networks within those cities. For example, in 2015, a quarter of gun homicides in the U.S. occurred in neighborhoods in which less than two percent of the country’s population resides.
Every day, more than 120 people in the United States are killed with guns, twice as many are shot and wounded and countless others are impacted by acts of gun violence.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021.