Rate of U.S. Gun Deaths Shoots to 22-Year High

The Young Turks (www.tyt.com) reported this:


Rate of U.S. Gun Deaths Shoots to 22-Year High

It’s not a record to be proud of.

The rate of U.S. gun deaths spiked to the highest level since 1996, driven by a steady rise in suicides involving firearms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Guardian reports.

Some 39,773 people in the U.S. died at the point of a gun in 2017, according to the CDC’s Wonder database. That’s 12 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 10.1 in 2010 and the highest rate since 1996.

Even more shocking, that compares poorly with the rate of gun deaths in other developed nations: 0.2 deaths per 100,000 people in Japan, 0.3 in the U.K., 0.9 in Germany and 2.1 in Canada, according to a recent study from the Jama Network.

The U.S. is among six nations that are responsible for more than half of the 250,000 gun deaths a year around the globe, Jama found. The others are Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela and Guatemala.


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