STUDY: MISSOURI AMONG FIVE STATES WITH THE HIGHEST COSTS FROM GUN VIOLENCE PER PERSON, CROWDING OUT FUNDING FOR VITAL PUBLIC SERVICES

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund has released new research detailing the economic impact of gun violence across the U.S. and by state, with Missouri coming in fourth for the highest total cost per person. The report covers immediate costs starting at the scene of a shooting; subsequent costs such as long-term physical and mental health care, lost earnings and criminal justice costs; and cost estimates of quality of life lost over a victim’s lifespan, as is common in jury awards for injury and accident cases. The analysis also highlights that states with strong gun safety laws such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Hawaii have a lower cost for gun violence per year than states with lax gun laws, including Missouri. Every year, gun violence in the U.S. kills nearly 40,000 people, wounds more than twice as many, and costs our nation $280 billion in an average year — including costing Missouri $9.818 billion annually. For a state by state breakdown, see appendix below. Missouri Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action volunteers are available for interviews.In an average year, 1,222 people die and 2,584 others are wounded by guns in Missouri. To see more information on the economic cost of gun violence to families and the government in every state, go to EveryStat, the interactive, one-stop website for data on gun violence and costs. Every year, gun violence in the U.S. kills nearly 40,000 people, wounds more than twice as many, and costs our nation $280 billion in an average year. On an average day:

 

  • United States taxpayers pay $34.8 million for medical care, first responders, ambulances, police, and criminal justice services related to gun violence.
  • Families directly affected by gun violence face $4.7 million in out-of-pocket costs for medical bills and mental health support and $140.3 million in losses from work missed due to injury or death every day.
  • Society loses an estimated $586.8 million per day in intangible costs from the pain and suffering of gun violence victims and their families.
  • Employers lose $1.4 million in productivity, revenue, and costs required to recruit and train replacements for victims of gun violence every day.

 

 

 

 

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