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Gun Violence Has Cut More Than 4 Years Off The Life Expectancy Of Black Americans: Study

Gun violence has shortened the life expectancy of Americans by nearly 2.5 years, with shootings driving down the average lifespan of black Americans by almost twice as much as that of white Americans, according to a study published this week.

A new study from Boston University School of Medicine looked at federal data on gun deaths between 2000 and 2016 to determine that black Americans have lost 4.14 years of life expectancy due to gun violence, while white Americans lost 2.23 years. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month, from 2015 to 2016, a total of 27,394 people died in firearm homicides in the U.S., while an additional 44,955 died in suicides.

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