39,773 people were shot to death last year – a rate of 12.0 deaths per 100,000, eclipsing the car accident death rate of 11.5 per 100,000.
Gun death rate hit 20 year high – suicide is the leading cause
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1996 was the last time the gun death rates posted similar #s. Self-inflicted gun deaths were the leading cause of the increase, as 60% of gun deaths last year were suicides.
More guns, more suicides
It might seem obvious but it’s proven that greater access to firearms increases the risk for suicide and on the flip-side, fewer guns lead to fewer suicides. A couple of good news, though – midterm results show we’re making progress towards stricter gun laws and pro gun-rights group NRA is in big trouble for their association with Russian spy Maria Butina.
Oh, and if you’re depressed, please stop for a moment and listen to this.