The number of firearm-related homicides increased 31 percent between 2014 and 2016, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows.
While firearms have long been the top weapon used in homicides across the U.S., the number remained fairly stable between 2010 and 2014. But from 2014 to 2016, firearm-related homicides increased from 11,008 instances to 14,415. Guns were involved in eight times as many homicides as the next most frequent method, cutting and piercing.
Recent polls show that gun control is one of the most important issues that voters are considering as they decide who to support in the upcoming midterm elections. One in four people polled an NBC News survey said that guns were one of their top two concerns. See more data at the CDC.
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