You carry a firearm for protection—for yourself, your loved ones, for the people in your community. You hope you never have to use it. But a quick look at the numbers says that being prepared is a smart plan. It also says that many fellow Americans agree. Take a look for yourself…


Criminal Violence

  • Assaults by firearm kill about 13,000 people in the U.S. each year.*
  • Mass shooting are trending more deadly, with fatalities per incident spiking dramatically over the last 2 years. In 2017, 59 died in the Vegas Concert shooting. Forty-one have died so far in 2018—up from 117 in 2017.**
  • In 2016 in the U.S., there were 500 workplace homicides (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

*Oct. 2017, National Safety Council and Nov. 2017, National Center for Health Statistics, reports on causes of death in the U.S.

Police Response

  • Police departments all across the nation are working hard to reduce the amount of time it takes them to respond to an emergency. But the fact remains that the national average response time to a 9-1-1 call is 10 minutes. ***
  • According the Dept. of Homeland Security, a school shooting lasts an average of 12.5 minutes, with an average police response time of 18 minutes.

***August 2017, study published by CreditDonkey

Concealed Carry

  • From 2007 through 2015, permits issued by state and local governments increased by 215%—sitting at 15.7 million as of May, 2017.
  • Roughly 3 million Americans carry loaded handguns with them every day, primarily for protection, according to a national survey published in the American Journal of Public Health. Nine million carry at least once a month.
  • The growth rate for women permit holders has doubled and minorities are purchasing handguns at a higher rate compared to previous years.

Crime Prevention Research Center