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Firearm-related homicide rate skyrockets amid stresses of the pandemic, the CDC says

More than 19,000 homicides in 2020 involved a firearm — an increase of nearly 5,000 from 2019.

The rate of U.S. gun homicides jumped nearly 35% in 2020 to the highest level in more than 25 years. And gaps widened for groups already at the highest risk, especially Black men and boys.

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