Gun Violence

We oppose Indiana HB 1143, which would allow guns on Indiana college campuses. This would actively make college campuses, like Indiana University, less safe for students. Multiple studies have shown that campus carry is correlated with increased rates of forcible campus rape. There is also insufficient gun safety education in place for college students, leading to a high risk of accidental gun deaths if campus carry were legalized. We, therefore, oppose this legislation in the interest of protecting a safe learning environment for students.

• 48 children and teens are shot every day on average, 7 will die and 41 will survive
• 297 people of all ages are shot every day on average, 89 people will die and 208 people will survive
• Gun death rates are 7 times higher in the states with the highest compared with the lowest household gun ownership
• An estimated 41% of gun-related homicides and 94% of gun-related suicides would not occur under the same circumstances had no guns been present
• The risk of homicide is three times higher in homes with firearms
• Keeping a firearm in the home increases the risk of suicide by a factor of 3 to 5 and increases the risk of suicide with a firearm by a factor of 17
• Every time a gun injures or kills in self-defense, it is used: 11 times for completed and attempted suicides, 7 times in criminal assaults and homicides, and 4 times in unintentional shooting deaths or injuries.
• One third of all households with children younger than eighteen have a firearm
• More than 40% of gun-owning households with children store their guns unlocked
• One fourth of homes with children and guns have a loaded firearm
• Among gun-owning parents who reported that their children had never handled their firearms at home, 22% of the children, questioned separately, said that they had
• For unmarried mothers, when an adolescent boy reports a handgun in the home, nearly three-fourths of the mothers say there is no handgun in the home
• Owners of semiautomatic weapons are more likely than other gun owners to report that they binge drink
• Combat veterans with PTSD appear more likely than other veterans to own firearms (and to engage in potentially harmful behavior as aiming guns at family members, patrolling their property with loaded guns, and killing animals in fits of rage)
• The US has comparable crime rates compared to developed English-speaking “frontier” nations (eg Canada, Australia, New Zealand) but has 5 times the murder rate in 1992 and 3 times the rate in 1999-2000. Unlike the other nations, most of our murderers use guns. The difference is that Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have reasonable restrictions on guns

The Brady Campaign
Hemenway’s Private Guns, Public Health (2004)