Gun sales continue to boom as gun-related incidents dominate headlines across the US. This year is on track to outpace 2020 for gun violence incidents and deaths, which reached peaks not seen since the '90s in some major cities.
The whole country has grown increasingly on edge as gun violence in general has continued to plague the US in recent years.
Since 2019, we’ve surveyed over 15,000 Americans—with representation from each state—to find out how worried people are about different crime and safety issues.
Our first State of Safety survey didn’t specifically ask about anything related to guns. But, due to a number of spontaneous answers showing high anxiety in this area, we added questions about mass shootings and gun violence (in general) to subsequent surveys.
Here’s what America told us—and the tragic numbers driving a national concern about this ongoing issue.