Stats on Gun Related Injuries in the U.S. Revealed

More Americans died of gun related injuries in 2020 than in any other year, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published in February 2022.

That included a record number of gun murders and a near-record number of gun suicides. Despite the increase in such fatalities, the rate of gun deaths – a statistic that accounts for the nation’s growing population – remains below the levels of earlier years.

Key Gun Related Stats

>In 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC.

>In 2020, 54% of all gun-related deaths in the U.S. were suicides (24,292), while 43% were murders (19,384).

>Nearly eight-in-ten (79%) U.S. murders in 2020 – 19,384 out of 24,576 – involved a firearm. That marked the highest percentage since at least 1968, the earliest year the CDC has online records.

>The 45,222 total gun deaths in 2020 were by far the most on record, representing a 14% increase from the year before, a 25% increase from five years earlier, and a 43% increase from a decade prior.

>Gun murders, in particular, have climbed sharply in recent years. The 19,384-gun murders in 2020 were the most since 1968, exceeding the previous peak of 18,253 recorded by the CDC in 1993.

>While 2020 saw the highest number of gun deaths in the U.S., this statistic does not consider the nation’s growing population. On a per capita basis, there were 13.6-gun deaths per 100,000 people in 2020 – the highest rate since the mid-1990s but still well below the peak of 16.3-gun deaths per 100,000 people in 1974.

>States with the HIGHEST rates of gun-related deaths included:

Mississippi (28.6 per 100,000 people)
Louisiana (26.3)
Wyoming (25.9)
Missouri (23.9)
Alabama (23.6).

>States with the LOWEST rates of gun-related deaths included:
New York (5.3), Rhode Island (5.1), New Jersey (5.0), Massachusetts (3.7), and Hawaii (3.4).

Our Take:

TAL Global does not take stands on political-related issues.

We believe we need to be aware of statistics like this and realize that organizations can take steps to minimize violence and help ensure the health and safety of their people and facilities.

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