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Gun Control & Gun Violence: Home

Guide to Library Resources & Research Help

Getting Started

Cofrin Library provides access to CQ Researcher - which gives a factual and non-biased overview of gun control. The most recent report was March 8, 2013.

Gun Statistics

Quick statistics on guns and gun violence:

  • It is estimated that there are 270 million civilian firearms in the United States.
  • The U.S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, per capita, with an estimated 89 firearms per 100 people. 
  • Reasons for owning a gun (according to a U.S. survey): crime protection (67%), target shooting (66%), hunting (58%).
  • In 2011, a firearm was the weapon of choice in 67.7% of the 14,000+ murders that occurred the United States.
  • Approximately 43% of U.S. households owned a gun in 2012.
  • Since the inception of the Brady Act - requiring background checks for gun purchases - over 118 million applications have been subject to background checks. 2.1 million applications have been denied.
  • After death by motor vehicle injury, death by firearm is the 2nd leading cause of death by injury. 
  • Adolescents and young adults are more likely to be murdered by gun than persons of other ages, particularly in urban communities.
  • 6 of the 12 deadliest mass shootings in the United States have occurred from 2007 to present.

Sources: Small Arms Survey, Gun Control: Just FactsCrime in the United States, 2011, Guns: Gallup Polling, Bureau of Justice Statistics, CDC, National Institute of JusticeWashington Post.  


Welcome! This research guide will help you locate books, articles, and other resources about gun control, gun violence, and gun culture. Use the tabs above to navigate to the different types of resources.

If you need additional help, email us at, call us at 920.465.2303, visit us in person at the Cofrin Library 3rd floor Research Desk, or chat with us online.

In the News

The latest headlines about guns, gun control, and gun violence, compiled by Google News:



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Student Project

This research guide was developed by students in Information Science 410: Advanced Information Problems (Spring 2013).

It was selected as the best group research guide project. Members of the group included:

Stephanie Albright, Nathanial Krueger, Patricia Lawrence, Kyle Ott, Mark Salmon, Danielle Selner, Andrew Wagener, and Kristin Zheng.

This guide will continue to be updated by library staff.

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