New statistics show a troubling uptick in gun-involved crimes in San Jose. But the physical toll is matched by an economic one.
San Jose police responded to 1,147 calls involving guns last year—a 23 percent increase from 2016. That means officers in the city of a million people responded to more than three firearm-related calls a day, according to new statistics released by the San Jose Police Department.
The number of guns that SJPD has confiscated to date in 2018. In the past few years, the county has taken upward of 2,000 firearms off the streets by hosting gun buybacks, which allow people to turn in their weapons—no questions asked—in exchange for gift cards.
The average annual number of gun-related deaths in Santa Clara County from 2009 to 2013, according to the latest available data from public health officials. The county is working on gathering new stats from 2014 to now.
The annual economic cost of gun deaths in Santa Clara County, which includes work loss and medical bills in 2013.
The annual economic toll for gun-related hospitalizations and emergency room visits countywide in 2013. Statewide, the direct cost of hospital use for firearm injuries came to an estimated $87 million in 2010, with two-thirds of the cost borne by taxpayers.
Researchers from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence conservatively estimate that gun violence costs the American economy as a whole at least $229 billion each year, including $8.6 billion in direct emergency and medical expenses.