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Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund Statement on CDC Numbers Showing Gun Deaths Remained Near Record High in 2018

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NEW YORK
 — Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (Everytown) today released the following statement after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its most recent year of mortality data, which shows that 39,740 people were killed with guns in 2018, virtually matching the previous year’s record high of 39,773, according to analyses by the Education Fund to Stop Gun Violence and NPR’s Guns and America.

“Numbers don’t lie, and the CDC’s latest gun death statistics highlight the sobering truth that America is in the grips of a gun violence crisis,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown. “Every lawmaker who still follows the NRA’s marching orders should take a hard look at these numbers and consider the human costs of their inaction.”

February 1-8 is National Gun Violence Survivors Week, a week focused on sharing and amplifying the stories of gun violence survivors who live with the impact of gun violence every day of the year. By early February, more Americans are killed with guns than are killed in our peer countries in an entire calendar year.