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Firearm-related suicides, homicides continued to rise in 2021, CDC finds

Homicides and suicides involving guns, which soared in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, continued rising in 2021, reaching the highest rates in three decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Thursday (Source: “Gun-Related Suicides and Killings Continued to Rise in 2021, C.D.C. Reports,” New York Times, Oct. 6).
The increases in homicides were particularly stark among Black and Hispanic men, while suicides involving firearms rose among all adults.
Firearms caused 47,286 homicide and suicide deaths in 2021, up from 43,675 in 2020, according to the CDC’s research, which is based on provisional data. Rates of gun-related homicide and suicide each rose by 8.3% last year.

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