While more than 100 people in the U.S. die each day from gun violence, more than 230 people a day experience a nonfatal but sometimes life-altering gun injury, NBC News reports. A new report by the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety says gunshots wounded an estimated 84,776 people in 2017, many of them teenagers and young adults from minority areas. Yet, “there is no centralized system for tracking nonfatal firearm injuries and no place to look up the number, type and location of these injuries as a basis to analyze the data and use it to shape effective responses,” the report says. Latinos are hospitalized for nonfatal gun injuries at more than double the rate, and Black patients at more than 10 times the rate, of their white counterparts, the analysis found.
Latinos and Blacks suffer nonfatal firearm assaults at exponentially higher rates than white people. A majority of gun assault survivors live in big cities, and six in 10 reside in ZIP codes with a median household income of less than $44,000 per year. Black and Latino young men are particularly affected “partly because of generations of institutional neglect,” said Everytown’s Sarah Burd-Sharps. Over a third of gunshot wound victims treated at hospitals are between 15 and 24 years old, the vast majority male. To curtail firearm injuries, Everytown recommends further research, better gun safety policies and local outreach. Hospital-based violence intervention programs are especially important, Burd-Sharps said, to help young people process their trauma and access what resources they need.