U.S. Gun Deaths Hit Record High: 41,000-Plus

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As the nation mourns more than 300,000 people killed by COVID-19, it also is remembering the more than 41,000 people who died of gun-inflicted wounds this year. Many of the same Black and Latino neighborhoods have been disproportionately affected by both epidemics, reports USA Today. The gun death toll, which includes 23,000 people who died by suicide, is a record, says the research group Gun Violence Archive. Annual firearm deaths have never exceeded 40,000 since at least 1981, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The U.S. has historically reported a rate of gun homicides 25 times higher than other wealthy nations. Cities across the nation – including Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Oh., Greensboro, N.C., Kansas City, Louisville, and Trenton, N.J., already have surpassed all-time records for homicides this year. Others, such as Philadelphia and Fort Worth, are seeing their highest numbers in decades.

Shootings are up 95 percent from the same time last year in New York, up 67 percent in Philadelphia and up 34 percent in Atlanta. In Chicago, where homicides are up 56 percent, shootings also increased by 54 percent. Gun violence has particularly affected young people this year. Nearly 300 children ages 11 and younger were killed, and more than 660 were injured, says the Gun Violence Archive. Among teens ages 12 to 17, more than 1,000 were killed, and nearly 3,000 were injured. Why the surge in gun violence this year?  Michael-Sean Spence of the nonprofit Everytown, which advocates for gun control, said the factors are “much of the same,” just on the fast track due to the pandemic. They include surging gun sales, increasing tension between police departments and communities, an extended summer violence spike, and the disruption of school, social services and outreach and intervention programs.

4 thoughts on “U.S. Gun Deaths Hit Record High: 41,000-Plus

  1. So half of all gun deaths are related to suicide. That seems way more like a mental health problem than a gun problem. Why is it always places that have the strictest gun laws have the most gun violence? Why is it easier to by a illegal hand gun in NY and Chicago than it is to buy a legal gun? Where’s the studies on that?

  2. Where did the data for this article come from? I can’t find anything, aside from an anti gun group that has been known to falsify information.

    Leave it to USA Today to be completely oblivious, yet again!

  3. Protect yourself, police cannot. Heard that going around in the 1980s States stared allowing permits to carry. In our Civil Society Citizens found it comforting and exhilarating to be packing iron. In some situations actually did defend themselves successfully stand your ground laws came in to effect. Openly carrying a Semi-Automatic rifle should not have been part of the plan.

  4. The vast majority of incidents involving firearms are not reported simply because there is no need. A criminal announces a mugging,..the citizen moves his/her jacket to the side. The criminal decides it best to abandon the task, and the citizen simply continues their day. The power of a firearm is its ability to end issues without a shot being fired.

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