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With 400 Million Guns, Death Total a 'Uniquely American Phenomenon'

The spate of shooting attacks in Highland Park, Il.; Uvalde, Tx.; and Buffalo has riveted attention on the staggering number of public mass killings.

The rising number of gun deaths extends beyond such high-profile episodes, emerging daily inside homes, outside bars and on the streets of many cities.

Firearm purchases rose to record levels in 2020 and 2021, with more than 43 million guns purchased during that period. At the same time, the rate of gun deaths in those years hit the highest level since 1995, with more than 45,000 fatalities each year, reports the Washington Post.

Guns are used in most suicides and are almost entirely responsible for an overall rise in homicides across the country from 2018 to 2021.

Over the long Fourth of July weekend, when seven people were killed and dozens wounded at a parade in Highland Park, other fatal shootings played out across the U.S.

In nearby Chicago, 10 people were killed and more than 60 wounded in shootings over the same weekend. One person was killed and four were wounded in a shooting outside a Sacramento nightclub. Two people were shot to death at a home in Haltom City, Tx., and a neighbor an