Policy Brief: Addressing gun deaths through state level policies and public health initiatives
Since 1968, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has collected data on gun related deaths which shows gun violence and deaths have continued to trend upward in the United States. The latest data from the CDC shows that 2020 had the highest number of gun fatalities, accounting for 45,222 deaths. This amounts to an increase of 14% from 2019 and 43% from a decade ago. Recent data also shows that gun related injuries are now the leading cause of death in children in the United States, rising above car crashes, drug overdoses and poisonings.
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