Of all weapons of violence, guns cause the greatest harm. It is estimated that over half a million people die from armed violence every year and the highest proportion of these will be at the end of a gun. This is just those killed by guns, countless more are wounded, or take their lives with one. 

For example, the United States has the highest rate of gun-related deaths among industrialised countries, with more than 30 000 fatalities annually [5]. To date, research on gun violence has been limited and under-funded. One 2017 estimate says that gun-violence research is funded at about $63 per life lost, making it the second-most-neglected major cause of death, after falls [6]. 

The GCIR seeks to stimulate the debate about guns and their role in violence through detailed research, research investment analysis and focused advocacy.

 

 


[5] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About compressed mortality, 1999-2014. https://wonder.cdc.gov/cmf-icd10.html. 

[6] Stark DE, Shah NH. Funding and Publication of Research on Gun Violence and Other Leading Causes of Death. JAMA. 2017;317(1):84–85. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.16215