A Public Health Crisis Decades in the Making: A Review of 2019 CDC Gun Mortality Data

A Public Health Crisis Decades in the Making: A Review of 2019 CDC Gun Mortality Data

Nearly 40,000 Americans lost their lives to guns in 2019, including nearly 24,000, or 60 percent, who used a gun to commit suicide, a report from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and its affiliate, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, finds. According to the report, A Public Health Crisis Decades in the Making: A Review of 2019 CDC Gun Mortality Data (pages, PDF), the total included more than 3,300 children and teens, 44 percent of them African Americans, while a third (1,100) of the deaths by gun among children and teens were suicides. Black Americans and American Indian/Alaska Native men had disproportionately high overall gun death and homicide rates, while white men had the highest rate of firearm suicide, rural counties had the highest rates of overall gun deaths and suicides, and urban counties had the highest gun homicide rates. The report also found that over the last two decades the most recent five years have been the deadliest, with the highest rate of overall gun deaths recorded in 2017, followed by 2018, 2019, 2016, and 2015, while the worst year for firearms suicide was 2018, followed by 2017, 2019, 2016, and 2015. 

(Photo credit: Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)