Peace on Earth


10 Minutes – Length of time Adam Lanza was shooting

90 (more than) – Number of bullets shot

38 – Number of mass shootings in 2012

$50,000 – Average cost of medical treatment per homicide shooting victim

$2.3 Billion – Total lifetime medical costs for gunshot injuries (as of 1999)

$6 Million – Those medical costs per day

49 Percent – Amount of those lifetime medical costs paid by taxpayers

20 Percent – Number of gun owners with 65 percent of the firearms in the US

36,000 – Number of guns thrown away each year

16,808,538 – Number of applications to purchase guns in the US from January – November 2012 from legal dealers (does not include gun shows or private sales)

5X Amount this could arm every NATO member state’s armed forces

88.8 – Number of firearms per 100 people in the US

80 – Percentage of firearms deaths in the 23 wealthiest countries in the world that are in the US

86 – Percentage of firearms deaths in the 23 wealthiest countries that are US women

87 – Percentage of firearms deaths in the 23 wealthiest countries that are US children under the age of 14

1 Percent – Number of gun dealers that account for almost 60 percent of guns used in crimes and recovered by police

30,000 – Average number of guns lost annually by gun dealers

22X – Likelihood a gun in the home will be used for a suicide than for self defense

7X – Chance a gun in the home will be used in a criminal assault rather than self-defense

200 – Number of annual legally justified self-defense homicides

90 Percent – Number of succesful suicide attempts with a gun

3 Percent – Number of successful suicide attempts with drugs or knives

44,500 – Number of annual gun injuries from assaults treated in emergency rooms

94 – Percentage of police chiefs favor requiring criminal background check for all handgun sales

87 – Percentage of non-NRA gun owners supporting background checks of gun purchasers

4,100 – Average number of women killed annually with guns

4.6 – Percentage increase in suicide risk for women in a house with a gun

3.4 Percent – Amount the homicide risk increases for women

$0.2998 – Cost of a 9mm pistol cartridge on Cabela’s per bullet (sold in a box of 50)

314,968,962 – Population of the US

310,000,000 – Number of non military guns in the US

67 – Percentage of gun owners who claim gun ownership for self protection

58 – Percentage who have a gun for hunting

60 Million – Number of guns in Yemen, the country with the next highest gun ownership rate behind the US

2004 – Year the law banning magazines with more than 10 rounds expired

2008 – Year legislation passed to prevent sales of guns to the mentally ill

26 – Percentage of Americans wanting a handgun ban in 2011 according to Gallup

60 – Percentage supporting a ban in 1959

70 – Percentage of Florida defendants invoking “stand your ground” who go free

73  – Percentage of Florida “stand your ground” defendants who killed a black person to go free

59 – Percentage of Florida “stand your ground” defendants killing a white person to go free

23 – Number of states where people who have lost their rights to firearms for mental health reasons can petition to reinstate them

1 – Number of members of my family killed at point blank range

2  – Number of his adult children who witnessed the shooting

4 – Number of semiautomatic handguns used in his murder

5 Years and 8 Months – Length of time from his death until I called it “gun violence”

2 – Days ago I started to use that term

4 – Number of guns I have fired this year


Photo by Robert M. Errera, from Flickr

Information from CNN, The Economist, The Brady Campaign, the Huffington Post, The Guardian



About Jennifer Kabat

A recent finalist for Notting Hill Editions’ Essay Prize, Jennifer Kabat (@jenkabat) is working on a book called Growing Up Modern, exploring art, ideology and the landscape from the modernist suburb where she grew up to the Western Catskills where she lives now. She’s been awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her criticism and teaches at NYU. She contributes to BOMB, The Believer and Frieze and was once an editor at the legendary style magazine The Face in London.
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2 Responses to Peace on Earth

  1. Barb Vogel says:

    Very powerful, Jennifer!

  2. Jennifer Kabat says:

    Thank you… weirdly next I’m writing about hunting.

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