Gun Deaths Reach Record Highs

A disturbing reality: gun deaths match or exceed car deaths in the U.S.

  • More Americans died of gun-related injuries in 2021 than in any other year on record.
  • Between 2019 and 2020, firearm homicides increased by 35%.
  • Homicides are nearly five times higher in counties with the highest poverty level compared to those with low poverty.
  • Suicides account for more than half of gun deaths.
  • On the other hand, per miles driven, cars have gotten safer.


CDC. Firearm Deaths Grow, Disparities Widen. Accessed August 18, 2023.

NSC. Car Crash Deaths and Rates. Accessed August 18, 2023.

Pew Research Center. What the Data Says About Gun Deaths in the U.S. Accessed August 18, 2023.

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