The recent mass shootings at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, highlight the threat gun violence poses to public safety in the United States. And according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the problem is getting worse.
A total of 45,222 people were killed by a firearm in the United States in 2020, the most recent year of available data – up from about 40,000 in 2019, and a 25% increase from 2015. Only three states – Hawaii, New Jersey, and Alaska – reported a decline in deaths resulting from a firearm injury between 2015 and 2020.
In Texas, firearm deaths have climbed by 30.0% from 2015 to 2020 – the 14th largest increase among states. According to the CDC, a total of 4,164 people died from a firearm injury in the state in 2020, up from 3,203 in 2015.
The current firearm mortality rate in Texas, meanwhile, ranks as the 25th lowest among states, at 14.2 deaths for every 100,000 people
Gun sales in the state, measured using FBI firearm background check data as a proxy, also increased over the same period. There were an estimated 2,325,281 gun sales in Texas in 2020, up from 1,574,266 in 2015. The 47.7% increase in sales was the 25th smallest among states.
|Rank||State||Change in gun deaths, 2015-2020||Firearm deaths per 100,000 people, 2020||Total firearm deaths, 2020||Firearm background checks, 2020|
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