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For Immediate Release: Dec 07, 2018
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Washington, DC (December 7, 2018) – New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals that 39,773 people died from gun violence in 2017, an increase of over 1,100 deaths from 2016. Available on the WONDER database, data show that over the last 10 years, the age-adjusted firearm suicide rate increased 19 percent (from 5.81 to 6.93 deaths per 100,000), and the age-adjusted firearm homicide rate increased more than 14 percent (from 4.06 to 4.65 deaths per 100,000).
Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence Director of Public Health Research Adelyn Allchin issued the following statement:
“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.
“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.”