- Public Health Seattle & King County
- If we could only get guns out of the hands of young men, we'd have no gun problem.
Seattle & King County Public Health has released a detailed report on Gun Violence in King County, and it's chock full of interesting data. For example, did you know that the number of firearms deaths in King County surpassed the number of traffic deaths starting in 2007? In 2010, 123 county residents died from firearms compared to 102 traffic deaths.
Among the other interesting bullet points:
- Between 2006 and 2012, 29 percent of firearm deaths in King County were homicide, compared to 68 percent suicide.
- The average annual cost of firearms deaths and injuries in King County is $177 million.
- The average charge for a firearm hospitalization is $66,000.
- A 10 percent reduction in violent crime would boost residential housing value by $2.9 billion in the Seattle metropolitan area.
- The firearm homicide rate in King County is 35 percent lower than the national average.
- Homicide rates in the US are 7 times higher than those in other high-income nations; firearm homicide rates are 20 times higher.
- Nationally, 54.3 percent of murder victims are killed by somebody they know, 24.8 percent by a family member.
- The odds of a homicide are 2.7 times higher in homes with firearms than in homes without.
- Southeast Seattle has one of the highest firearm homicide rates in the county, but one of the lowest firearm suicide rates.
- In King County, 42 percent of suicides are by firearms.
- In King County, 88 percent of firearm suicides are male; 10 percent of firearm suicides are under the age of 25.
- An estimated 6,000 King County children live in homes where firearms are stored loaded and unlocked.
And tons more data. More than you want to know. But well worth the read regardless of where you stand on the gun control issue.