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How many gun-related deaths are there in the United States each year? Can you break that down by murders and suicides?

There were 31,328 gun deaths by homicide, suicide or accident in the United States in 2010, Bloomberg News reported in December, using statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The FBI reported that guns were used to murder 8,874 people that year, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention reported that 19,392 people used guns to commit suicide in 2010.

The total number of gun deaths in the United States stood at 37,666 in 1993, fell to 28,393 in 2000 and is projected to reach 32,929 in 2015. On average, about 85 Americans — 53 of which are suicides — are fatally shot daily, according to the article.

In 2011, 8,583 people were murdered by firearms in the United States, according to the FBI, continuing a downward trend since 2006. That year, 10,225 were murdered by guns, followed by 10,129 in 2007, 9,528 in 2008 and 9,199 in 2009. In 2010, 38,364 people in the United States committed suicide, an increase from 36,909 the previous year, and about half of them used firearms.

Sandy Hook survivors

There were two adult survivors of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, but there has been no news about their injuries. How they are doing?

Teacher Natalie Hammond is recovering from gunshot wounds to her arm and leg during the massacre that killed 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14. Hammond, principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach left a staff meeting and were shot by Adam Lanza. Hochsprung and Sherlach were killed, and Hammond was able to crawl behind a door.

Police never released the name of the other wounded adult, but USA Today reported it was a substitute kindergarten teacher. The Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported that the teacher was hit in the foot by a bullet that had ricocheted.


A recent question asked the projected value of the New York Yankees. Forbes magazine just updated its projections, and puts the value of the Yankees at $2.3 billion. That's up from the $1.85 billion figure it published in January.

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