Gun deaths in the US have risen to the highest level for almost 40 years – and they are now killing more people than car accidents
- New figures from the Centers for Disease Control showed an enormous increase
- There were more than 40,000 deaths from gunshot wounds in the US last year.
- Of that number, 14,542 murders and 23,854 were suicidal
- In 1999 there were 29,000 deaths with an increase of 11,000
George Martin for mailonline
Gun deaths have risen to their highest level in almost 40 years – shocking new figures have been revealed.
According to the WONDER database of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 40,000 deaths in the United States against gunshot wounds in 2017 – more than in car accidents.
Of that number, 14,542 murders and 23,854 were suicidal.
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According to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control, there were 40,000 deaths from gunshot wounds in the US last year. [file photo]
In contrast, firearm-related incidents accounted for less than 29,000 deaths in 1999, representing an increase of 11,000 in just 20 years.
Shortly after the CDC's data were released, the former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted Sunday that the problem is not one that we should have at all, & # 39 ;.
& # 39; New CDC data on gunshots in America & # 39 ;, Clinton told her 24 million followers.
& # 39; Last year saw most injured deaths in 40 years, nearly 40,000 people. What is wrong with us? This is not a problem at all that we should have, let alone a problem that gets worse. & # 39;
Former US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot and almost killed in 2011, said the data from the CDC, "Reminds us how many lives our firearms crisis is changing every year and why so many Americans stand up to demand action. & # 39;
In a statement, Giffords denounced the Congress because they refused to debate policies that we know would help save lives, while the number of deaths related to death continues to escalate.
Gun-related incidents accounted for fewer than 29,000 deaths in 1999, representing an increase of 11,000 in just 20 years
While Adelyn Allchin, from the educational fund to stop violence against weapons, told the NY Daily News: "In 2017 nearly 109 people died every day from firearm violence.
& # 39; Gun violence is a public health epidemic that requires a public health solution. That is why we must immediately implement and implement evidence-based interventions – such as purchasing authorization policy and extreme risk legislation. & # 39;
The figures come as proponents of tighter controls on firearms prepare for a multistate push to close loopholes and restrict access for those who pose a risk to themselves and others.
Lawmakers in different states said they plan to introduce bills this year to ban devices such as bump supplies and so-called ghost guns and to expand background checks.
Shortly after the announcement of the CDC figures, Hillary Clinton (photo) tweeted on Sunday that the problem is not one that we should have & # 39;