Public health epidemic: US gun deaths reach record high, CDC says

A new study out says gun violence is on the rise in the United States.

Posted: Dec 27, 2018 10:37 AM

A new study out says gun violence is on the rise in the United States, so much so, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says it a public health epidemic.

Gun deaths in the United States reached a record high in 2017, according to a recent analysis by the CDC.

Almost 40,000 people were killed by firearms last year, the highest number since at least 1979 – when firearm deaths were first coded in mortality data.

Less than 20 years ago, there were just under 29,000 gun deaths per year in the US, a difference of more than 10,000 lives.

The data includes homicides, unintentional deaths, deaths in war or legal interventions, and undetermined deaths.

CNN found that nearly 24,000 of the gun deaths were suicides, the highest rate in 18 years.

The National Rifle Association says the solution is not in creating more gun laws. Gun legislation advocates call the rising numbers proof that the country is facing a public health epidemic when it comes to gun violence.

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