In 2013, firearm injuries were responsible for 33 636 deaths in the United States, almost the same number as the 33 804 deaths from motor vehicle crashes.1 The totals include 21 175 suicides—about half of all deaths classified as suicides—and 11 208 homicides—about 70% of all deaths classified as homicides. Since 2000, deaths from motor vehicle crashes have substantially decreased; in contrast, deaths from firearm injuries have substantially increased, mostly from suicides (Figure). Mass shootings, such as the killings of school children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 and of public health workers in San Bernardino, California, in 2015, continue to shock the public conscience.
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