Year: 2022 Source: MMWR Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report. (2022), 71, 1286–1287. DOI: SIEC No: 20221027
The firearm homicide rate in the United States increased nearly 35% from 2019 to 2020, coinciding with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic (1). This increase affected all ages and most population groups, but not equally: existing disparities, including racial and ethnic disparities, widened. The firearm suicide rate was higher than the firearm homicide rate in 2020 and remained consistent with recent years overall; however, increases were observed in some groups. To assess potential increases from 2020 to 2021, final 2020 and provisional 2021, National Vital Statistics System mortality data and U.S. Census Bureau population estimates were used to examine all-cause homicide and suicide rates; firearm homicide and suicide rates overall and by sex, age, race and ethnicity; and the percentage of homicides and suicides from firearm injuries. This activity was reviewed by CDC and was conducted consistent with applicable federal law and CDC policy.