Statistically Speaking

Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American boy, was shot and killed in Sanford, Fl. on Feb. 26. His shooter was licensed to carry a firearm, though he was encouraged not to as a neighborhood watch chief. Here’s a look at the control and use of firearms in Florida and across the United States:

35%: The percentage increase in gun-related fatalities in Florida from 1999 to 2009

746,430: The number of active gun licenses in Florida

26%: The percentage of Americans who believed handguns should be banned in 2011

47%: The percentage of American households that own a gun

Sources: Centers for Disease Control,, and