Nearly 70,000 Americans suffered violent deaths in 2019 with 64% being suicides and a QUARTER homicides, bombshell CDC report reveals
- CDC report on Thursday found 67,000 Americans died of violence in 2019
- It represents a slight decline from the prior year’s total of about 68,000
- Nearly two-thirds of violent deaths were suicides, with half of those by gun
- A quarter were homicides, with guns used in 75% of all murders
- Nearly 9% of violent deaths were undefined, and 1.4% were police killings
More than 67,000 Americans died of violence-related injuries in 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report on Thursday.
The 2019 total, which is the latest available in the series, represents a slight decline from the prior year’s total of about 68,000 violent deaths, and precedes more recent trends of rising murder rates.
The CDC study found that about 43,100 people died of suicides in 2019, accounting for 64.1 percent of violent deaths, and that half of all suicides involved firearms.
Around 16,800 were killed in homicides, or 25.1 percent of all violent deaths, while in 8.7 percent of cases, the intent behind the violent death could not be determined.
More than 67,000 Americans died of violence-related injuries in 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new report on Thursday
Crime scene tape is seen in Washington DC in a file photo. Around 16,800 were killed in homicides in 2019, or 25.1 percent of all violent deaths
Legal intervention deaths, the study’s term for police killings, accounted for 1.4 percent of the total, or about 940 deaths.
The authors noted Native American men had the highest legal intervention death rate, dying at a rate six times higher than white men, and that black males were killed by police at a rate 3.5 times higher than white males.
Still, white males, who make up a higher percentage of the total population, accounted for nearly half of all police killings in 2019.
Regarding suicides, the study found that men died of suicide at a rate 3.8 times higher than women.
White persons accounted for the majority (80.4 percent) of all suicides, however Native Americans had the highest suicide rate on a per capita basis.
Overall, firearms were used in half of all suicides, followed by hanging, strangulation, or suffocation. Among women, poisoning was the most common method of suicide.
A memorial is seen at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart, in El Paso, Texas, the site of the deadliest US mass shooting in 2019
Nearly half of those who died in suicides had a current diagnosed mental health problem, and almost a quarter of them had told someone of their suicidal intent prior to their death.
Among homicides, a gun was used in 74.6 percent of cases, followed by a sharp instrument (10.1 percent), a blunt instrument (4.1 percent), personal weapons (eg, hands, feet, or fists; 3.7 percent), and hanging, strangulation, or suffocation (2.1 percent).
Black males were murdered at higher rates than men in all other racial and ethnic groups, dying in homicides at a rate 19.3 times higher than Asian Americans, 13.9 times higher than whites, and 5 times higher than Hispanics.
Black people accounted for 60.3 percent of male homicide victims and more than half (55.5 percent) of all homicide victims.