This year, the world took notice of one gun statistic in particular: the grim designation of “deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history,” a mantle that passed to the Las Vegas massacre in October. But for all the coverage that the shooting’s death toll received, other numbers reveal more about guns in America today. In 2017, we learned that the country’s firearm death rate has climbed to a level not seen in decades. New research deepened our knowledge of guns’ effects on crime, medicine, and law. And an audit revealed that the National Rifle Association’s record outlay on the 2016 campaign was more than $100 million bigger than its previous high.
Read on for 11 statistics that helped to shape our understanding of gun violence in America during the past year.