Black males have the highest homicide rate, which has also dramatically increased for Black women, according to a new study on firearm-related deaths published on Tuesday (Nov. 29) in JAMA Network Open.
The analysis was a cross-sectional study of more than 1 million gun fatalities from 1990 to 2021, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to The Associated Press, young Black men in their early 20s had the highest homicide gun death rates at 142 per 100,00. For Black women, the firearm-related homicides more than tripled since 2010.
White men in their early 80s topped the gun suicide death rates at 45 per 100,000, the researchers found. For Black women, that rate rose from 1.5 per 100,000 in 2015 to about 3 per 100,000 in 2021.
Gun-related homicides and suicides skyrocked in during the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching the highest rates in three decades last year, The New York Times reported, citing CDC data released in October.
In fact, the researchers found that gun-related deaths have trended higher in recent years. Overall, the nation’s firearm fatality rate per 100,00 fell to a low of 10.1 in 2004 and then climbed to 14.7 by 2021.
“At this moment in time, we have seen a dramatic increase that is really unparalleled. During the time of the Covid pandemic, going from 2019 up to 2021, we’ve seen over a 25 percent increase in fatalities in two years alone. That has never happened,” the study’s co-author, Dr. Eric Fleegler of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School told CNN.