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Amid rising gun violence, accidental shootings have declined   Culture & Society

Started 1/1/18 by DigYourGig; 96 views.
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1/1/18

Amid a disturbing rise in gun violence, there is one bright spot: Accidental deaths from guns are declining.

There were 489 people killed in unintentional shootings in the U.S. in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. That was down from 824 deaths in 1999, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Taking into account population growth over that time, the rate fell 48%.

Experts attribute the decline to a mix of gun safety education programs, state laws regulating gun storage in homes and a drop in the number of households that have guns. While the improvement occurred in every state, those with the most guns and the fewest laws continue to have the most accidental shooting deaths.

The gains were overshadowed by an overall rise in gun deaths driven by the top two causes: suicides and homicides. 

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