CDC: Gun Suicides Rise As Gun Murders Fall.

On its website, NBC News (8/2, Fox) reports that statistics from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, published in Aug. 2 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, found that “the rate of suicide using guns has gone up in most of the 50 most populous US metropolitan areas, but the murder rate has fallen.” The study suggests that “the economy is a clear factor in the rise in suicides, as is access to guns.” The report focused on large metropolitan areas, and people aged from 10 to 19.

According to HealthDay (8/2, Reinberg), the report “found that the overall gun-murder rate dropped by about 15 percent overall between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 in a majority of the nation’s 50 largest cities,” but in the same time frame, “the suicide-by-gun rate rose 10 to 15 percent in nearly three-quarters of those cities.” Overall, “more than 22,500 gun murders and more than 38,000 gun suicides were tallied for 2009-2010.”

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— “Gun suicides up, murders down in US cities, CDC finds, “Maggie Fox, NBC News, August 1, 2013.

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