The United States has the highest rate of gun deaths in 25 years, according to new CDC data. The pandemic may have exacerbated stressors.
The rate of gun shootings in the United States in 2020 was the highest since 1994, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2019 and 2020, the overall rate of gun crimes increased by about 35%, according to new data.
“The COVID-19 pandemic may have exacerbated existing social and economic stressors that increase the risk of homicide and suicide, especially among certain racial and ethnic communities,” the CDC researchers wrote in their report.
In 2020, 79% of all crimes and 53% of all suicides involved firearms. CDC researchers examined data on gun deaths while analyzing poverty data and found that during the pandemic, areas of the U.S. with the highest levels of poverty had rates of homicide and suicide by shooting. , 5 and 1.3 times higher, respectively, than the areas with the lowest levels of poverty.
The United States has found that the rate of deaths caused by firearms has reached alarming levels today, a cause being the Covid pandemic
From 2019 to 2020, the general rate of homicides by shooting has risen from 4.6 deaths to 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people, but the increase is not evenly distributed, announces antena3.ro.
The highest increases in 2020 were among boys and men of color between the ages of 10 and 44 and Native American or Alaska Native men between the ages of 25 and 44, according to CNN.
FBI data also showed a 29.4% increase in homicides between 2019 and 2020, the largest jump ever recorded by the FBI. There is no database on firearm sales, but other independent studies have found that firearm sales skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Figures released by the FBI in 2021 show that 2020 saw the largest increase in homicides in a single year since the agency began pursuing these crimes in the 1960s.
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