CDC Media Briefing — New Vital Signs Report Firearm deaths show historic increase What can be done to prevent firearm homicides and suicides?

Media Advisory

Embargoed Until: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 1:00 p.m. ET
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

What

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a 35% increase in the firearm homicide rate, with the rate in 2020 reaching its highest level in over 25 years, according to a new CDC Vital Signs report. The firearm suicide rate remained persistently high with increases among some groups. These increases have widened racial, ethnic, and other disparities in firearm homicides and suicides. Join us to learn details of these new findings and what can be done to reduce firearm deaths and related disparities.

Who

Debra E. Houry, M.D., M.P.H., CDC Acting Principal Deputy Director and Director of CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
Thomas R. Simon, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science, CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention

When

Tuesday, May 10, at 12:00 p.m. ET

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TRANSCRIPT
A transcript will be available following the briefing at CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov/media.

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