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CDC Says U.S. Gun Deaths Are at 40-Year High - Carlos Gamino
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CDC Says U.S. Gun Deaths Are at 40-Year High

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By Carlos Gamino

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have unveiled new numbers that say gun deaths in the U.S. are at their highest level in 40 years.

And the majority of them are due to suicide.

According to the CDC's database, which has numbers as recent as 2017, says that 23,854 gun deaths that year were ruled suicides. The remainder of the nearly 40,000 gun deaths were murders (a total of 14,542), accidental deaths, deaths in war or legal interventions, as well as gun deaths without a determined root cause. The overall number is an increase of more than 10,000 gun deaths from 1999.

Firearm deaths weren't recorded in mortality data until 1979.

"In 2017, nearly 109 people died every single day from gun violence. Gun violence is a public health epidemic that requires a public health solution, which is why we must immediately enact and implement evidence-based interventions - like permit-to-purchase policies and extreme risk laws," Adelyn Allchin, the director of public health research for the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, said in a written statement released last week. "Gun violence has been part of our day-to-day lives for far too long. It is way past time that elected leaders at every level of government work together to make gun violence rare and abnormal."

The National Rifle Association tweeted its response: "Gun control laws are not the answer. If we want to prevent more horrific acts of violence our leaders need to stop demonizing the men and women of the @NRA and find solutions that will save lives."

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