Thursday, December 20, 2012

American Gun Deaths on Pace to Surpass Traffic Fatalities

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 3:25 PM

A new report indicates that by 2015, gun deaths will exceed traffic fatalities in America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that shooting deaths will probably rise to almost 33,000 in 2015, while those related to vehicles may decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.

About 85 Americans are killed daily in gun violence, while every day, one of those killed by firearms is 14 or younger. Of the total, 16 were between the ages of 15 and 24—most of them homicide victims.

Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, said that the shift was directly linked to public policy:

"We've made policy decisions that have had the impact of making the widest array of firearms available to the widest array of people under the widest array of conditions."

There are 300 million guns in the United States—more than one for every adult.

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