Gun Deaths Exploded in 2017

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

In recent years, guns have killed approximately 33,000 Americans per year, but that number surged by nearly 7,000 in 2017.

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, guns killed just shy of 40,000 Americans in 2017, the highest number in 22 years.

The CDC’s WONDER public health database shows that 39,773 people died from firearms last year. That works out to a gun death rate of 12.0 per 100,000 people — higher than the rate of death from car accidents of 11.5 per 100,000 people, once the leading cause of fatal injury.

The increase in the gun death rate, at least in 2017, was driven by suicides. Sixty percent of gun deaths last year were self-inflicted. [...]

The surge in firearm suicide was not spread evenly among states, according to an analysis by the Educational Fund To Stop Gun Violence. Places with higher rates of gun ownership saw the biggest increases in the gun suicide rate. In Kansas, the rate of gun suicides ballooned 65 percent from 2008 to 2017. Vermont, West Virginia, and Missouri all saw their firearm suicide rates increase by nearly 60 percent over that same period. [...]

The overwhelming majority of Americans who ended their lives with guns last year were white (91 percent) and male (87 percent).

My thoughts on this should be clear by now. Americans have to stop voting for people who want them dead.

White men vote for Republicans in overwhelming numbers and the result is record numbers of dead white men. White Americans are killing themselves by voting for politicians who will do everything in their power to ensure that more of them are killed in one way or another.

Whether its rolling back safety regulations, cutting health care, cutting taxes for the rich, cutting food stamps, putting more guns on the street, or supporting more wars -- the collective result of conservative policy is more dead people.

In addition to the nearly 40,000 people who were killed by guns last year, a record number of over 70,000 Americans were killed by drug overdoses in 2017.

Caesar has brought them death and they love him for it.

  • Christopher Foxx

    In Kansas, the rate of gun suicides ballooned 65 percent from 2008 to 2017.

    If I lived in Kansas under Brownback, I’d be sorely tempted to kill myself, too.

  • muselet

    12 deaths by firearms per 100,000 population. That is absolutely staggering.

    If almost anything were causing a death rate like that, politicians would be climbing over one another to be first to announce a brand spanking new War On Something. Especially if they could blame some variety of those people for the cause and not, say, regulatory capture or simply craven politicians.

    We as a society desperately need to find a better set of fetish objects.


  • katanahamon

    Yet they’re never reported..only when there’s a truly horrific massacre do the stats make the news. This is like having a 9-11 massacre every month..time to stop sanitizing the news. Show the blood, show the bodies..I’m sick of our society just pretending this isn’t happening. “Oh, it’s not tasteful..” well, when you’re gunned down in the mall/church/place you work/parking lot/school/park/beach/road/home/anywhere/anytime you can die with the satisfaction of knowing no one will be subjected to your bullet riddled body.

    • Ceoltoir

      I had one of the gun humpers try to tell me that gun deaths were down because he didn’t see it on the news as much. The truth is that gun violence has become so endemic that its no longer considered news unless more than 10 people die.