2020 shootings up 35% in United States, CDC counts 19,000 deaths

National shootings in 2020 increased by 35% from the previous year, reaching a new high since 1994, reflecting the social ill-effects of the new crown pneumonia epidemic. In the photo, passersby look at the dead in a mass shooting in Sacramento, California. (The Associated Press)

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on the 10th that national shooting deaths in 2020 increased by 35% from the previous year, hitting a new high since 1994, indicating new coronary pneumonia. Is.EpidemicThe social side effects are worth exploring.

The Center’s weekly illness and death report said there were 4.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019ShootingIn the first year of the new crown pandemic, the rate of dead souls shot with guns increased to 6.1.

CDC figures based on death certificates show that gun suicides do not count. In 2020, guns killed more than 19,000 people, 5,000 more than the previous year; Accidental deaths from firearms and unintentional gun deaths are not included in this figure.

Violent homicides by firearms are on the rise in every age group, every ethnic group, every urban or rural area, every region of the country, regardless of gender.

African AmericanIt is the biggest victim of gun violence. In the two years before and after the pandemic, the number of deaths increased 40% from 26.6 per 100,000 people to a total of 12,000 people, a rate 12 times higher than for whites, and adolescent males between the ages of 10 and 24. number of. The ratio is 22.6 times that of whites of the same age.

The gun fatality rate for Native Americans rose 27 percent to 8.1 per 100,000; Hispanics rose 26 percent to 4.5 per 100,000; And whites rose 28 percent to 2.2 per 100,000. The gun death rate for Asian Americans fell by 4.2 percent to 1 in 100,000.

The death rate for suicide by shooting also rose 1.5% to 8.1 per 100,000, with the highest rate for Aboriginal people at 10.9 per 100,000, followed by whites at 10.4 per 100,000; In terms of gender, both men and women increased by more than five times; in terms of age group, people aged 25 to 44 were the most fatalities from shootings.

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In 2020, 79% of homicides and 53% of suicides in the United States were related to firearms. 24,000 people committed suicide by taking up guns. Be it murder or suicide, and poverty. For example, countries with the highest poverty rates had rates of gun homicide and suicide 4.5 and 1.3 times higher, respectively, than countries with the lowest poverty rates. Blacks, Hispanics and First Nations are more likely to live in poor countries than other countries.

This report does not discuss the reasons for the sharp increase in the shooting death rate, but the CDC believes that the pandemic has disrupted social services, school and work patterns, disturbing the sustainability of the living environment. and likely causes are increased social isolation.

In April 2020, the unemployment rate hit a crisis level of 14.7%, and the economic downturn hit African Americans especially hard. The death of African-American Floyd by the neck of a white policeman has triggered a wave of nationwide protests, which is also the talk of 2020.

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