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Gun-related deaths reached of 40 years, the peak in 2017, CDC study finds

A new study found that gun-related deaths reached an all-time high in 2017 with nearly 40,000 killed by murder or suicide.
(atf.gov)

Gun-related deaths in the US last year reached their highest point in 40 years, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER database.

In 2017, nearly 40,000 people were killed, of weapon-related incidents in the U.S., according to the data. By contrast, gun-related incidents accounted for less than 29,000 deaths in 1999.

Last year was some of the most deadly mass shootings in AMERICAN history. In October 2017, a gunman opened fire at a Las Vegas crowd of 22,000 concertgoers, 58 killing and injuring almost 500. The following month, a gunman killed 25 people, and the unborn child at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Of the 40,000 recorded gun-related deaths in 2017 more than a third were homicides, while more than half of suicides, according to CDC data. At 14 deaths per 100,000 people, white men accounted for the highest percentage of suicide deaths by firearms. Black men are good for the most firearm, murder and death.

Almost 500 gun deaths were unintended, according to the CDC, while 553 “contributed to legal intervention and operations of war.”

The National Rifle Association responded to the CDC data, demurring on the merits of more gun control, in a Twitter message.

“The facts are clear,” the NRA wrote. “Gun control laws are not the answer. If we want to prevent more horrible acts of violence, our leaders must stop demonizing the men and women of the @NRA and finding solutions that will save lives.”

“The facts are clear: Gun control laws are not the answer. If we want to prevent more horrible acts of violence, our leaders must stop demonizing the men and women of the @NRA and finding solutions that will save lives.”

— The National Rifle Association

Former Secretary of state Hillary Clinton also weighed in on the report, retorting: “What is wrong with us? This is not a problem that we need to not at all, let alone one that is worse.”

Former US. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who has been an outspoken advocate of gun control since the bullet in her head, and almost losing her life in 2011, according to the CDC data, “reminds us how many lives our gun violence crisis changes every year and why so many Americans are standing up to demand action.”

In a statement, Giffords lambasted Congress for refusing to “debate the policies that we know would help save lives,” during the recording-related deaths keep the hand.

The New York Daily News on Sunday cited a study from the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine that concluded gun deaths are good for a 2.48-to-year decrease in total life expectancy from 2000 to 2016.

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