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More Americans are now killed by GUNS than car crashes

More Americans are now killed by GUNS than car crashes as shootings become country’s leading cause of death by trauma for the first time

  • Surgeons at Westchester Medical Centre in New York state released research suggesting that more than 1.4million years of potential life are lost every year to gun crime 
  • Car crashes were the greatest cause of death until deaths from guns skyrocketed between 2009 and 2018 
  • The report, published in medical journal Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open, found gun deaths rose on average by 0.72 per cent every year 
  • Conversely, road accidents fell by 0.07 per cent each year that decade 
  • Suicides using guns rose from 18,735 in 2009 to 24,432 in 2018 and gun murders rose from 11,493 to 13,958 

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