With daily reports of mass shootings and ongoing debates over gun control, you'd be tempted to interpret recent news that gun deaths now equal the number of car deaths in the United States as some sort of macabre milestone. But when comparing the ways Americans die, the latest batch of statistics from the Centers for Disease Control reveal the truth is as much about how the data is parsed as it is a potential indicator of our tolerance of bloodshed from car crashes and gun violence.
Call it a quibble, but the headlines aren't quite accurate. Motor vehicle deaths still exceed firearm deaths, according to the CDC's annual Mortality In The United States report.
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