Originally Posted by soulflower
The linked "Independent" newspaper article says that gun deaths in 2015 will probably be about 33,000 according to the CDC.
CDC stats put the number of firearm suicides at 18,735 in 2009 (at least half of the total gun deaths).
Quote from the UK newspaper article:
..."gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."End Quote
Suicides might be a significant, if not the most significant, factor:
Increase Seen in U.S. Suicide Rate Since RecessionEnd Quote
The rate of suicide in the United States rose sharply during the first few years since the start of the recession, a new analysis has found.
In the report, which appeared Sunday on the Web site of The Lancet, a medical journal, researchers found that the rate between 2008 and 2010 increased four times faster than it did in the eight years before the recession. The rate had been increasing by an average of 0.12 deaths per 100,000 people from 1999 through 2007. In 2008, the rate began increasing by an average of 0.51 deaths per 100,000 people a year. Without the increase in the rate, the total deaths from suicide each year in the United States would have been lower by about 1,500, the study said.
The finding was not unexpected. Suicide rates often spike during economic downturns, and recent studies of rates in Greece, Spain and Italy have found similar trends.
The rate of suicide has not been shown to be related to the increase in the number of guns.