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Gun homicides have reached rates not seen since the 1990s

USA Facts: “In 2021, 81% of all homicides in the US were due to firearm-related injuries.. In 2020, the national homicide rate increased by 30%. That is the largest single-year increase in over a century. However, not all types of homicide grew at the same rate. Between 2019 and 2021, firearm homicide rates increased 44%, from 4.6 victims per 100,000 people in 2019 to 6.7 victims per 100,000 people in 2021. Alternatively, homicides committed by cutting or stabbing injuries or suffocation – the next most common methods of killing – decreased 17% and 33%, respectively. While the firearm homicide rate had been slowly decreasing from a peak of 6.8 victims per 100,000 people in the early 1990s, rates have since returned to those levels.”

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