Here are some statistics about gun violence in North Carolina taken from a front page article in the March 7, 2018 Raleigh News & Observer.
- The death toll from guns in North Carolina in 2016 was higher than at any time in the past 35 years. Gun deaths are increasing, not decreasing.
- In 2016, more than 1400 people–children, women, and men–died from guns–an average of four people each and every day.
- There were 588 gun homicides in North Carolina in 2016–an increase of 27% over 2015 and an average of three gun homicides every two days. Gun homicides accounted for over 40% of all gun deaths in North Carolina.
- Gun deaths have increased significantly faster than the state’s population. The incidence of gun deaths in North Carolina is 14 per 100,000 people–significantly higher than the national incidence of 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people.
- Although gun deaths in large American cities has decreased, gun deaths in Raleigh and Charlotte have increased.
- The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence gives North Carolina a grade of D- for its laws and policies related to gun regulation.