Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

CDC Releases Statistics On Firearm Homicides

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds firearm homicide rates dropped in major metropolitan areas between 2006 and 2010, but more people used guns to commit suicide.  Doctor Jim Mercy is with the  CDC's Division of Violence Prevention, and says older, white Americans are most likely to use a gun to commit suicide.  He says the increase in firearm suicides coincided with the recession.

The report shows a decrease in firearm homicides in Metro Phoenix, but an overall increase in firearm suicides.  The rate of suicides among ten-to-19-year-olds however was slightly lower in Metro Phoenix.

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