The National Rifle Association and the gun industry don’t want us to think about the complexities of gun violence—according to them, more guns “in the wrong hands” leads to more crime. But there’s much more to the issue: “if we define gun violence as using a gun to end a human life, the FBI is telling us that less than 10 percent of those fatalities would be eliminated if we got rid of all violent crime.”
From 2000 to 2012, slightly over two-thirds of about 200,000 homicide victims were killed with guns, averaging 10,400 gun homicides each year. Just over 15 percent of these involved women as victims. Most female homicide victims are killed by someone they know, particularly their intimate partners.
“Let’s not forget, incidentally, that men were also shot to death by their girlfriends or their wives an average of 700 times per year. Taken together, domestic violence probably claimed more than 2,200 victims annually between 2000 and 2012, or one-fifth of all gun fatalities during those years […] The NRA can try to convince its members that the reason for gun violence is that there’s too much crime, but the data from the FBI clearly indicates that the reason for gun violence is that there are too many guns.”