We know that 533,879 people died of gunshots between 1999 and 2015. But, when we looked at the CDC resource "20 Leading Causes of Death," we did not find firearms listed as a cause, even though nine of the 20 causes had fewer than 533,879 deaths during that time. Where did all of those firearms deaths go?
It turns out the CDC split gun deaths (as well as other non-disease causes) into three categories: unintentional injury, suicide, and homicide. We dug into those three categories, and added in legal intervention and undetermined intent deaths, to produce "The Real Top 20 Causes of Death," which includes traffic accidents, poisoning, firearms, falls, and suffocation, none of which appeared in the CDC's original Top 20. The causes of death with numbers lower than 183,322 (the number of HIV deaths, the CDC's 20th ranked cause) were added to the "all other causes" category.