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The rate of gun-related homicides in the United States reached its highest level in over 25 years in 2020, but experts are still not certain why. (Bryan Anselm for The New York Times)

Gun deaths surged during the pandemic’s first year, the C.D.C. reports.

Gun deaths reached the highest number ever recorded in the United States in 2020, the first year of the pandemic, as gun-related homicides surged by 35 percent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.

Today, gun buying has largely returned to prepandemic levels, but there remain roughly 15 million more guns in circulation than there would be without the pandemic, according to Garen J. Wintemute, a gun violence researcher at the University of California, Davis.

Via New York Times

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