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Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years.

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 / Last year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation.Credit Zackary Canepari for the New York Times

Related: Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence.

Sarah Mervosh, New York (NY) Times

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More people died from firearm injuries in the United States last year than in any other year since at least 1968, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 39,773 gun deaths in 2017, up by more than 1,000 from the year before. Nearly two-thirds were suicides. It was the largest yearly total on record in the C.D.C.’s electronic database, which goes back 50 years, and reflects the sheer number of lives lost.

Sarah Mervosh covers breaking news for the New York Times. She was previously an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Her background is primarily in covering criminal justice and legal issues.

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Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence. Nick Wing, Huff Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Revolver%20Barrel%20and%20Socket%20Wrench.jpg / Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.

 


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