Someone came by searching for “amount of non gang related shooting deaths in america 2012.”An exact count of the number of gang and non-gang related deaths is not possible, because one third of all homicides are never “solved by arrest.” A relatively high percentage of gang related crimes are never solved – “because no one will talk.” (click on the graphic for a clearer view)
Silence may be golden – but it does not help determine exact percentages. Particularly percentages that are “defensible,” that would stand up to a peer review, for example. However, criminologists and the police believe they have a good understanding of the percentages of gang rivalry and criminal on criminal murders.
The “conventional wisdom” among criminologists and statistically minded police officers is that 70 to 75 percent of all murders are, in one way or another, related to gang activity. The mean is fractionally above 72 percent so that is the percentage I generally use when a question of this type comes up.
Since the trend is down, that would be less than 6,180 gang or criminal on criminal shooting deaths during 2012. Which would leave 2,403 gun related murders that were not gang or criminal on criminal murders.
IN ADDITION the Center for Disease Control lists a total of 606 accidental firearms deaths for 2010, the last year available, and the trend is down.
Since both trends are down, and there is some uncertainty in the homicide numbers, a defensible answer would be – There were no more than 3,000 non gang related shooting deaths in the United States of America during 2012.
And, for those who would like to know the non-gang related firearms death rate – that is less than 0.95 per 100,000 population.
In a nation with 2.25 serviceable or readily restored to service guns per person.