What are the odds of dying from an
Assault by firearm?

1 in 200
Lifetime odds of dying from an Assault by firearm in the US are 1 in 200.
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Assault by firearm is a major cause of death in the United States, with a lifetime odds of dying from it being 1 in 200. Every year, thousands of people die from this cause, and the numbers have been consistently high over the years. It is important to understand the impact of this issue and the measures that can be taken to address it.

In 2021, there were 21,058 deaths from assault by firearm in the US, which means that the one-year odds of dying from this cause were 1 in 15,767. In 2020, there were 19,470 deaths, with one-year odds of 1 in 16,942. The numbers have remained high over the years, with 14,478 deaths in 2019, 14,016 deaths in 2018, and 14,628 deaths in 2017.

The impact of assault by firearm is felt across the country, with no particular region being spared. In addition to the loss of life, there is also the physical and emotional trauma suffered by victims of these attacks, as well as their families and loved ones. Furthermore, there is the financial burden of medical bills and lost wages that can be incurred by victims and their families.

To address this issue, it is important to have a multifaceted approach that includes gun control measures, community outreach and education, and mental health resources. Policies that aim to limit the availability of firearms to those who are likely to use them to harm others can help to reduce the number of deaths from assault by firearm. This can include background checks, waiting periods, and restrictions on the sale of certain types of firearms.

Community outreach and education programs can help to raise awareness about the dangers of assault by firearm and provide resources for those who may be at risk. This can include providing support for victims of domestic violence, which is a major risk factor for assault by firearm.

Finally, mental health resources can help to identify and treat those who may be at risk of using firearms to harm others. This can include providing access to counseling services, as well as working to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help for mental health issues.

Assault by firearm is a serious issue that has a significant impact on individuals and communities across the United States. By implementing a multifaceted approach that includes gun control measures, community outreach and education, and mental health resources, we can work to reduce the number of deaths from this cause and create safer communities for all.

Deaths per year from an Assault by firearm in the US and one-year odds of dying

Year Deaths one-year odds
2021 21,058 1 in 15,767
2020 19,470 1 in 16,942
2019 14,478 1 in 22,671
2018 14,016 1 in 23,308
2017 14,628 1 in 22,216
2016 14,497 1 in 22,276
2015 13,062 1 in 24,547
2014 11,014 1 in 28,899
2013 11,259 1 in 28,065
2012 11,715 1 in 26,788
2011 11,155 1 in 27,930
2010 11,166 1 in 27,701
2009 11,579 1 in 26,493
2008 12,284 1 in 24,754
2007 12,747 1 in 23,631
2006 12,889 1 in 23,149
2005 12,453 1 in 23,730
2004 11,728 1 in 24,966
2003 12,022 1 in 24,131