Gun suicides up 11% in the U.S. since 2014, study shows
Four out of every ten gun-related deaths in American cities are suicides, a new study from NYU Langone Health and the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund shows.
Driving the news: Gun suicides increased 11% since 2014, according to the analysis of firearm deaths in more than 750 U.S. cities from 2014 through 2020.
Zoom in: Smaller cities experience higher gun suicide rates, researchers found.
- Bradenton and Sarasota are among the U.S. cities with the highest rates of gun suicides along with Cheyenne, Wyoming; Lake Havasu City, Arizona; and Grand Junction, Colorado.
Researchers also found:
- States with the strictest gun laws have about half the rate of gun suicides in cities as those in states with the weakest laws.
- Cities with the most gun shops experience nearly four times higher gun suicide rates than those with the fewest.
- Cities with the most parks or walkable neighborhoods have about half the rate of gun suicide as those with the fewest.
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