Wednesday, March 13, 2013
CDC: Nearly two-thirds of US gun deaths are suicides.
On its front page, the New York Times (2/14, A1, Tavernise, Subscription Publication, 1.68M) reports, "The gun debate has focused on mass shootings and assault weapons since the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., but far more Americans die by turning guns on themselves." In fact, "nearly 20,000 of the 30,000 deaths from guns in the United States in 2010 were suicides, according to the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The national suicide rate has climbed by 12 percent since 2003, and suicide is the third-leading cause of death for teenagers."