But why are Americans so afraid? Is it the news that has reported 345 mass shooting incidents (in which 4 or more people were killed or wounded) in 2017 alone? Is it violent movies and video games? Maybe the reason Americans have a heightened fear of being harmed is because 1 in 3 households have a gun, and almost half of Americans know someone who has been shot.
No matter the catalyst for worry, one thing is certain: Americans are looking for information about their risk of harm, and solutions for how they can protect themselves and their loved ones. That’s why safety app developer SOS Apps, Inc., completed a comprehensive study on violent crimes, hate crimes, mass shootings, terrorist attacks, and riots from 1995 to 2016 (the last year for which complete FBI data are available)—to determine trends nationally and by state to see where violence in America is headed.
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