Gun Death Rate Rises 2 Years In A Row

The annual number of gun-related deaths in the United States increased for the second year in a row, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics said 2016 saw about 12 gun deaths per 100,000 people, up from 11 per 100,000 people in 2015. The increase comes after several years of rates relatively staying at the same level.

“The fact that we are seeing increases in the firearm-related deaths after a long period where it has been stable is concerning,” Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch at the health statistics center, told The New York Times. “It is a pretty sharp increase for one year.”

Anderson also noted that preliminary data from the first quarter of 2017 clearly shows a continuing upward trend. However, Anderson also pointed out that gun-related deaths are “seasonal.”

“The rates generally are a little higher in the middle of the year than they are at the end of the year,” Anderson said, adding, “Homicides are more common in the summer.”

While the United States sees, on average, more than 33,000 gun-related deaths each year, not all of those are classified as homicides. In fact, about two-thirds of gun deaths are the result of suicide, which is often a controversial topic when discussing gun-related deaths. Likewise, a number of homicides are the result of an individual defending themselves or another person and are deemed justified – often another topic of controversy.

The CDC’s statistics did not single out gun-related deaths, but rather the data reflects all causes of death in the U.S. in 2016. Drug overdose saw a dramatic rise from 16.3 per 100,000 people in 2015 to 20 per 100,000 last year, while heart disease and cancer remain the top killers of American people.

  • Kent Powers

    Chicago, Baltimore, New York, whole state of California, pretty much all areas under liberal democrat control with the strictest gun laws, strange ,huh?

  • Kanawah

    More gun nuts (emphasis on nuts) the more people who will die.
    We need to have laws to keep the nuts from getting their hands on guns.
    The information is there, and easily accessible. We just have to get the NRA and other gun nuts out of the way.

    • Ethan

      The laws you mention have been on the books for some time; kindly explain why they don’t work. Incidentally, my wife has a little revolver which the NRA taught her how to use properly–we bought the gun because of advice from a Sheriff’s deputy. You come across as someone with kneejerk responses, I suggest that you begin thinking for yourself.

    • Molon Labe

      The only nuts out there buying guns are DemoCraps! Every shooting was committed by left wing nut democrats! Not one NRA member has committed any mass murders! It was an NRA member that stopped Devin Kelley in Texas! The CDC is incorrect as usual on their facts! Educate yourself!

      • Terry Butts

        They MANIPULATE the facts by counting all gun deaths together instead of separating JUSTIFIABLE defense shootings into their own category giving the false impression that every incident involving a gun was a criminal act.

    • jack

      I bet you can’t find one NRA member in any of these mass shootings. Thank goodness there was an NRA trainer – member across the street with his rifle to plug the nut at the church!

      • Buzg

        You’re right there are none.

    • rickwomack44

      The only nuts in this country are all ignorant lying dumbass liberals.Tell us any place in this country where gun control has saved a single life, I know I will have to wait for decades in a answer on this question to be answered. The lying socialist communist democratic party is only going after legal gun owners but does nothing to stop criminals or terrorist from having guns they commit more crimes every day and that worthless party continue to protect both of these groups. Can you explain why most gun charges against criminals are dropped and they are only convicted for the crime they have committed, it is a crime to all sane people for the gun crime itself is not enforced. And we have to blame you ignorant lying dumbass liberals for protecting criminals and terrorist

  • Buzg

    As of this date the gun homicide rate in the U.S. is 3.24/100,000. If you throw in suicides and accidental gun deaths it is of course higher. Type the link below in your browser if you would like to see the actual numbers with support/source data. . Knowledge is a great weapon.
    http://actionamerica.org/guns/gun-web-widget.shtml

  • hottrodscars .

    A lot of it is turf wars pertaining to drug dealers — you know, the many thousands of drug dealers Obama let out of prison! Obama needs to be arrested for treason and thrown in prison with all his assets confiscated.

  • Terry Butts

    Do the figures take into account JUSTIFIABLE defense or just lump them in with crime because there is a huge difference between the increase being because of people legally protecting themselves and if it is because of crime increasing when it comes to what people actually need to know to understand what actually needs to be done to PROTECT innocent people from criminals.

    • Terry, Will Rogers once stated that there are three classes of liars; Liars, damned liars, and statisticians.

  • Estell Newton

    Strange how the places with the strictest guns laws have the most gun violence. Maybe they should think about putting criminals behind bars instead of letting them run the streets.

  • gatorbait88

    Is the CDC referring to Chicago?????….definitely seasonal under the administrative Democraps….. Just saying….

  • fbair1

    Blacks in Chicago need to. Quit killing each other.

  • L Cavendish

    take out the suicides first…that is one thing
    and look at traffic fatalities…also rose this year…
    then let’s look at where the shootings are happening…and then the demographics of the shooters and victims…
    oops…we will all be called racists if we do that…LMAO

  • kayla

    The laws you mention have been on the books for some time; kindly explain why they don’t work. Incidentally, my wife has a little revolver which the NRA taught her how to use properly–we bought the gun because of advice from a Sheriff’s deputy. You come across as someone with kneejerk responses, I suggest that you begin thinking for yourself.

  • Al Griffiths

    All good ideas and opinions!!! Thought I would add a few words to the Justice System or lack of it!! Get off your fat cans and start assigning the correct punishment to gun related crimes. Our Justice system has failed us and the politicians are right in the middle of the pig sty with them. You commit a crime with a gun, double the punishment!!!!! A failure of government is being turned around on us as our failure!!!!!

  • lightingengineer

    The police are not as engaged anymore in the black communities because of fear of being labeled racist. Can’t blame them. Therefore more crime and more homicides. The primary reason for all of this is low cultural capital in the black community because of a 73% + illegitimacy rate and the lack of fathers. Democrats will always blame guns because of political stupidity. A lot of this started in Ferguson when Michael Brown was coming at the police officer in a second attempt to get his gun. Therefore Michael Brown was attempting to arm himself again. Racist socialist divider in chief Obama never acknowledged this and let the misconceptions fester into BLM.

  • Marco Ruysch

    Chicago, Baltimore, New York, whole state of California, pretty much all areas under liberal democrat control with the strictest gun laws, strange ,huh?

  • Kevin

    Strange how the places with the strictest guns laws have the most gun violence. Maybe they should think about putting criminals behind bars instead of letting them run the streets.

  • paul rey

    The laws you mention have been on the books for some time; kindly explain why they don’t work. Incidentally, my wife has a little revolver which the NRA taught her how to use properly–we bought the gun because of advice from a Sheriff’s deputy. You come across as someone with kneejerk responses, I suggest that you begin thinking for yourself