467,321 Victims of Gun Violence in United States

Today marks 6 months since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. Our Daily Snippet focuses on gun violence in the United States. There were 467, 321 victims of crimes committed with a gun in 2011.

FBI data from the same year shows that firearms were used in 68 percent of murders, 41 percent of robbery offenses and 21 percent of aggravated assaults nationwide.

While the firearm crime rate of 1.8 is down from 7.3 in 1993, the rate of gun usage in crimes is about the same, meaning all violent crimes are down.