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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that the number of gun homicides in the United States decreased from a high of 18, 253 in 1993 to 10,945 in 2014, amounting to a 40 percent drop over that 21 year span.

As reports, the 10,945 gun homicides in 2014 represent a rate of 3.43 per 100,000 people in the population of United States. This rate is the lowest gun homicide rate in the U.S. during any of the 34 years between 1981 through 2014, according to the CDC’s “Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System” (WISQARS). The second lowest rate was 3.54 in 2013, which had 11,208 gun homicides.

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While the total number of gun homicides reached its lowest point in 1999 and 2000, with 10,828 and 10,801 respectively, the U.S. population was smaller than in 2013 and 2014, and the gun homicide rate was actually higher in those years: 3.88 per 100,000 in 1999 and 3.84 and per 100,000 in 2000, according to the CDC.

Meanwhile, also points to a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics published in May 2013 which examines gun violence between 1993 and 2011.

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“There were 11,101 firearm homicides in 2011, down by 39 percent from a high of 18,253 in 1993,” the BJS report reads. “The majority of the decline in firearm-related homicides occurred between 1993 and 1998. Since 1999, the number of firearms homicides increased from 10,828 to 12,791 in 2006 before declining to 11,101 in 2011.”

In addition, the report states that “[m]ales, blacks and persons ages 18 to 24 were the most likely to be victims of gun violence,” but that the gun homicide rate for each of those groups has actually gone down since 1993.

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