Anyone who's been awake for the past few years could have predicted this, but official records from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirm that the number of murders committed using a gun has exploded.
A nationwide review of death certificates found that homicides involving guns increased by 31 percent between 2014 and 2016, which is the most recent year that data is available for.
The CDC found a 31 percent increase in homicides involving firearms from 2014 to 2016. In 2014, 11,008 homicides involved a gun. The number rose to 14,415 by 2016, the CDC team said. [...]
The CDC data did not include firearms deaths other than homicides. Most deaths involving guns in the U.S. are suicides. The CDC says 36,252 people died by firearms in 2015, and of those, 22,018 were suicides.
It seems unlikely that this elevated rate of fatal shootings retreated in 2017 or 2018, but we'll just have to wait and see assuming Trump's CDC will even compile data for those years.
Given that several large massacres occurred in 2017 including the mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed almost 60 people in about 10 minutes, it's not much a mystery what future reports are going to tell us.
In closely-related news, a group of states are filing a lawsuit against the Trump regime's decision to approve the distribution of plans for 3D-printed guns.
(Reuters) - A group of U.S. states on Monday said it is suing the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump for allowing the public to download blueprints for 3-D printable guns.
The lawsuit, announced at a news conference in Seattle, is a last-ditch effort by nine states including Washington, New York and Pennsylvania, to block the online dissemination of the designs before they are expected to become available later this week.
What could go wrong?