Report calculates economic cost of US gun violence

Firearm injuries came at a cost of $174 billion dollars in the US in 2010, according to “The Cost of Gun Violence,” a recent report from Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.

Family members release balloons at a vigil for Stacey Berry, who was recently shot and killed in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

Family members release balloons at a vigil for Stacey Berry, who was recently shot and killed in the Logan section of Philadelphia. Photograph by Joseph Kaczmarek for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project.

That’s more than the combined allocation for the US Departments of Education, Housing and Urban Development and Homeland Security in the 2013 United States federal budget.

The costs include medical and mental health care costs, criminal justice costs, wage losses, and the value of pain, suffering and lost quality of life. Violence – assaults and suicide acts – dominated the costs. These estimates are based on the latest injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and unit costs from PIRE’s widely cited injury cost model.

Detailed cost tables are available at pire.org.

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