CDC Reports Firearm Homicides Hit Highest Rate in 25 Years Amid Pandemic

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, firearm homicides between 2019=2020 during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the highest rate in 25 years.

The CDC found that while the increase in gun deaths impacted every demographic, the largest increase was among those classified as young, male, and/or Black.

“Firearm homicide impacts everybody. We saw it go up in rural, small metro, and large metro areas. But it does have the highest impact, or the highest rates, in those 10 to 44, who are young Black men and young Black children,” said Deb Houry of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

The rates and the largest increases in gun homicides in the U.S. during the first year of the pandemic were among Blacks and American Indians with the gun homicide rates of Black men and boys age 10-24 years being 21.6 times higher than the same age group of white men and boys.


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