From Psychology Benefits Society, a blog from the APA Public Interest Directorate • June 1. 2016
By Amalia Corby-Edwards, MS (Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, APA Public Interest Directorate)
June 2nd marks the second annual observance of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also known as “Wear Orange Day”.
The financial cost of gun violence in the United States was an estimated $229 billion in 2012; this amount does not account for the psychological toll on those directly or indirectly affected by firearm violence–those who witness or fear firearm violence in their homes or communities or who are left behind when a loved one dies by suicide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- In 2013, there were 33,636 firearm deaths in the U.S. and more than 84,000 non-fatal firearm injuries.
- Firearms are involved in more than half of suicides and more than 2/3 of homicides in the United States.
- There are more than 30,000 firearm fatalities each year in the United States and more than 80,000 non-fatal injuries requiring emergency medical care or hospitalization.
Read more and take the pledge to wear orange!