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Leading Causes of Suicide, Homicide, and Unintentional Death
1999-2015


Between 1999-2015 (a 16-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 Death Number
of Deaths
% of Total
Suicides*
All Suicides 604,878 100%
1 Firearm 313,641 51.9%
2 Suffocation 141,042 23.3%
3 Poisoning 102,895 17.0%
4 Fall 13,140 2.2%
5 Cut or Pierce 10,463 1.7%
6 Drowning 6,447 1.1%
7 Other, Classifiable 6,402 1.1%
8 Other, Not Classifiable 3,462 0.6%
9 Fire or Burn 2,784 0.5%
10 Unspecified 2,389 0.4%
11 Transportation 2,191 0.4%
12 Struck by or Against 22 0.0%

*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 Death Number
of Deaths
% of Total
Homicides*
All Homicides 295,343 100%
1 Firearm 198,760 67.3%
2 Cut or Pierce 32,305 10.9%
3 Unspecified 28,373 9.6%
4 Suffocation 10,227 3.5%
5 Other, Not Classifiable 9,859 3.3%
6 Transportation 3,915 1.3%
7 Other, Classifiable 3,829 1.3%
8 Struck by or Against 3,338 1.1%
9 Fire or Burn 2,149 0.7%
10 Poisoning 1,496 0.5%
11 Drowning 855 0.3%
12 Fall 237 0.1%

*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 Death Number
of Deaths
% of Total
Deaths*
All Deaths 2,016,510 100%
1 Car Traffic 664,177 32.9%
2 Poisoning 474,861 23.5%
3 Fall 383,504 19.0%
4 Unspecified 106,286 5.3%
5 Suffocation 102,306 5.1%
6 Drowning 59,310 2.9%
7 Fire or Burn 52,594 2.6%
8 Natural Environment 27,525 1.4%
9 Other Land Transportation Accident 24,022 1.2%
10 Other, Classifiable 23,566 1.2%
11 Other Transportation Accident 18,755 0.9%
11 Pedestrian 18,755 0.9%
13 Other, Non Classifiable 18,113 0.9%
14 Struck by or Against 14,545 0.7%
15 Machinery 11,058 0.5%
16 Firearm 10,933 0.5%
17 Cyclist 4,170 0.2%
18 Cut or Pierce 1,811 0.1%
19 Overexertion 195 0.0%

*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 12, 2017)