Gun Deaths Hit Record High of Nearly 49,000 in 2021

Firearms have been the main explanation for loss of life for youngsters in 2021, surpassing COVID deaths.

New analysis based mostly on the most recent publicly obtainable knowledge from the Middle for Illness Management (CDC) and Prevention finds that 2021 was a document yr for gun deaths within the U.S., with deaths hitting a document excessive for the second yr in a row.

The report by Johns Hopkins Middle for Gun Violence Options finds that 48,830 individuals died on account of firearm-related causes in 2021, the very best quantity on document. That is simply over 3,600 extra gun deaths than in 2020, and works out to 1 gun loss of life each 11 minutes.

Gun-related homicides and suicides each reached document highs in 2021, the report discovered. The speed of gun-related suicides jumped by over 8 % — the most important enhance in a single yr in 40 years — whereas greater than half of all firearm deaths have been suicides.

And, though 2021 was the deadliest year in U.S. history because of the COVID-19 pandemic, gun deaths amongst younger individuals nonetheless outnumbered COVID deaths. Gun violence was the main explanation for loss of life for these aged between 1 and 19, accounting for 20 % of deaths amongst that group.

Gun violence disproportionately impacts Black People, because the report demonstrated. Black individuals have been 14 instances extra more likely to die from gun-related murder than white individuals, in line with the info, whereas 51 % of deaths of Black teenagers in 2021 have been attributable to weapons.

The info additionally confirmed a correlation between gun violence and state legal guidelines, with extra gun violence occurring in locations with looser gun legal guidelines. Individuals in Mississippi, the state with the very best fee of gun violence (in addition to the highest rate of poverty within the U.S.), have been 10 instances extra more likely to die on account of gun violence than somebody in Massachusetts, which has the bottom fee of gun violence within the U.S. Anti-gun violence group Everytown for Gun Security has ranked Massachusetts as having among the strongest gun legal guidelines, whereas Mississippi is ranked the worst for gun regulation.

“Our nation is breaking data for all of the improper causes — document gun gross sales mixed with more and more permissive gun legal guidelines are making gun violence a pervasive a part of life in our nation, resulting in a pointy enhance in gun deaths,” Ari Davis, the lead writer of the report, stated in a statement. “Maybe most troubling is these spikes in homicides and suicides are nearly fully linked to weapons.”

Davis additional linked the violence with gun purchasing in an interview with NPR, saying that the rise in gun violence is probably going associated to increases in gun purchases and bills passed by Republicans to weaken gun rules in recent times.

“Weapons are driving this enhance,” Davis stated. He added that CDC’s provisional knowledge for the primary 9 months of 2022 is exhibiting about the identical fee of gun deaths as 2021.

The info corroborates different analysis discovering that gun violence is on the rise. In line with a report by The Washington Publish in February, 2022 was the worst yr for college shootings on document, with 46 shootings at Okay-12 colleges. And an evaluation from Pew Analysis Middle this April discovered that, between 2019 and 2021, the variety of youngsters beneath 19 dying from gun-related causes elevated by almost 50 %, the most important enhance in youngster gun deaths since 1999, when the CDC first started accumulating such knowledge.

The analysis demonstrates the extent to which the gun violence disaster is worsening whereas Republicans are doubling down on efforts to extend gun possession, ignoring polls discovering that almost all of the general public needs motion to curb, moderately than broaden, the gun violence epidemic.

By a longshot, the U.S. is a worldwide outlier on gun violence. Amongst rich nations, the U.S. has by far the very best fee of deaths by assault, in addition to excessive charges of suicide, due in large part to gun violence, a report by the Commonwealth Fund discovered earlier this yr.

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