The interactive chart reveals suicide deaths are more common than any other category of gun death among both males and females and across most age categories. However, in recent years the gap between suicide and homicide deaths involving guns has narrowed substantially. In 2012, 9,044 more suicide gun deaths occurred than homicide gun deaths. In 2021, this gap decreased to 5,370. Males account for more than 86% of all gun deaths, regardless of intent category.
Gun-related assault deaths outnumber suicide deaths in the 5-14, 15-24, 25-34, and 35-44 age groups. (Please note: Suicide deaths are not coded for children younger than 5.)
Beginning with the 45-54 age group, gun-related suicide deaths outnumber assault deaths. Gun-related assault death rates peak in the 15 to 34 age groups for both males and females. However, gun-related suicide death rates are highest for females age 45 to 64, and for males age 75 and older.
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