Violence-related injury takes heavy U.S. toll.
About 50,000 people die in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. each year from violence-related injuries, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. data from the National Violent Death Reporting System, which showed suicides were the most common violent deaths followed by homicides, capital punishment capital punishment, imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History
Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi. and unintentional firearm deaths.
Published in the April 11 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) is a weekly epidemiological digest for the United States published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The 5 June 1981 issue of the MMWR published the cases of five men in what turned out to be the first report of AIDS. , the data was collected from 16 states in 2005, when 15,495 fatal incidents involving 15,962 violent deaths were recorded. The majority--56.1 percent--of violent deaths were suicides, followed by 29.6 percent for homicides and capital punishment, 13.3 percent for violent deaths of undetermined intent and 0.7 percent for unintentional firearm deaths. Rates were substantially higher for males than females and for American Indians American Indians: see Americas, antiquity and prehistory of the; Natives, Middle American; Natives, North American; Natives, South American. , Alaska Natives and blacks than for whites and Hispanics.
Overall, males ages 15 and older had rates thatwere two to seven times higher than violent death rates for females. Among women, American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates, at 15.2 per 100,000 population, compared to 9.4 per 100,000 for all females.
The study's authors called for continued support of the National Violent Death Reporting System, with a goal of including the entire nation in the reporting system.