The Top 15 causes of death in 2017 according to the CDC:
- Diseases of heart (heart disease) (854,390)
- Malignant neoplasms (cancer) (599,108)
- Accidents (unintentional injuries)
(Top Accidents: poison: 64,795, motor vehicle: 40,231, falls: 36,338, hanging: 6,946, firearms: 486)
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases (160,201)
- Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) (146,383)
- Alzheimer disease (121,404)
- Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) (83,564)
- Influenza and pneumonia (55,672)
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis (kidney disease) (50,633)
- Intentional self-harm (suicide) (Firearm: 23,854, Hanging: 13,075, Poison: 6,554)
- Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis (41,743)
- Septicemia (40,922)
- Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension) (35,316)
- Parkinson disease (31,963)
- Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids (20,108)
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In 2017, 206 people were killed in mass shootings. None of us will argue that it’s a tragedy when innocent people are killed by firearms. However, the number of lives lost in a mass shooting is far smaller than the top 15 causes of death which don’t get nearly the same attention or stigma.
More people die from accidental poisoning than from firearms in 2017.
Suicide accounts for more than half the firearm-related deaths in 2017 (23,854 out of 39,773). When Australia banned firearms, the number of firearm-related suicides dropped, but the overall number of suicides did not go down. For statistics on Australia firearm deaths and suicides, see Do Australia's Gun Laws Reduce Deaths?