Gun Violence Prevention


Deaths by Firearms in Montgomery County

Description 2013
2014                2015     
                             Suicide Homicide Suicide Homicide Suicide Homicide
Number of Deaths 34 7 47 14 34 10
Male 31 7 39 7 25 6
Female 3 0 8 7 9 4
Age Range 20-87 17-44 18-79 20-75 21-84 26-73
Gun related deaths attributed to suicide and homicide in Montgomery County is detailed in the chart above. Between 2013 and 2015, white males accounted for over 80% of all gun related deaths. Over 75% of gun related deaths were classified as a suicide with an average age of 51.25 years, 49.76 years, and 54.2 years respectively. Data provided by Montgomery County Coroner’s office.

A Public Health Approach to Gun Violence 

The Montgomery County Health Department supports the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) statement below on Gun Violence:

"Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Guns kill almost 30,000 people and cause 60,000 injuries each year. As a longtime advocate for violence prevention policies, APHA recognizes a comprehensive public health approach to addressing this growing crisis is necessary.

The issue of gun violence is complex and deeply rooted in our culture, which is why we must take a public health approach to ensuring our families and communities are safe. We must place a renewed emphasis on improving gun injury and violence research. Ongoing work is needed to ensure firearms do not fall into the wrong hands and to expand access to mental health services to those who need it most."

Burden of Gun Violence

  • Gun violence affects people of all ages and races in the U.S. but has a disproportionate impact on young adults, males and racial/ethnic minorities.
  • Guns are a weapon of choice for mass homicides and suicide.
  • Gun violence cost the U.S. $229 billion in 2015, or an average of $700 per gun in America.

For more information: APHA Gun Violence Fact Sheet

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