Last updated on: 8/29/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Leading Causes of Suicide, Homicide, and Unintentional Death

1999-2016

Between 1999-2016 (an 18-year period), according to US data from the Centers for Disease Control’s WISQARS database, deaths involving firearms were:
I. Leading Methods of Suicide
 
 Method of DeathNumber
of Deaths
% of Total
Suicides*
 All Suicides649,843100%
1Firearm336,57951.8%
2Suffocation152,68423.5%
3Poisoning109,59316.9%
4Fall14,2472.2%
5Cut or Pierce11,3271.7%
6Other, Classifiable7,0021.1%
7Drowning6,9441.1%
8Other, Not Classifiable3,6520.6%
9Fire or Burn2,9710.5%
10Unspecified2,4650.4%
11Transportation2,3560.4%
12Struck by or Against230.0%

*Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth (one decimal) so the percentages may not add up to 100%.

 
II. Leading Methods of Homicide
 
 Method of DeathNumber
of Deaths
% of Total
Homicides*
 All Homicides314,705100%
1Firearm213,17567.7%
2Cut or Pierce34,08610.8%
3Unspecified29,9179.5%
4Suffocation10,7293.4%
5Other, Not Classifiable10,2383.3%
6Other, Classifiable4,0111.3%
7Transportation3,9421.3%
8Struck by or Against3,5551.1%
9Fire or Burn2,2800.7%
10Poisoning1,6310.5%
11Drowning8990.3%
12Fall2420.1%

*Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth (one decimal) so the percentages may not add up to 100%.

 
III. Leading Causes of Unintentional Death
 
 Cause of DeathNumber
of Deaths
% of Total
Deaths*
 All Deaths2,177,884100%
1Car Traffic702,92532.3%
2Poisoning533,19624.5%
3Fall418,17719.2%
4Unspecified112,7935.2%
5Suffocation108,9165.0%
6Drowning63,0962.9%
7Fire or Burn55,3972.5%
8Natural Environment29,2031.3%
9Other Land Transportation Accident25,3141.2%
10Other, Classifiable24,9511.1%
11Pedestrian19,7570.9%
12Other Transport19,6610.9%
13Other, Non Classifiable19,4050.9%
14Struck by or Against15,3460.7%
15Machinery11,6680.5%
16Firearm11,4280.5%
17Cyclist4,4810.2%
18Cut or Pierce1,9630.1%
19Overexertion2070.0%

*Percentages are rounded to the nearest tenth (one decimal) so the percentages may not add up to 100%.

Source: CDC, WISQARS Database, cdc.gov (accessed July 17, 2018)