According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
, nearly 40,000 people died in shootings
across the United States in 2017, the highest number in 20 years. The data takes into account deaths classified as unintentional, suicide, homicide, undetermined and legal intervention/operations of war.
That trend was driven by a steady rise in suicides involving firearms The U.S. now has 12 deaths per 100,000 people due to guns compared to 0.2 per 100,000 people in Japan
, 0.3 in the UK and 0.9 in Germany.