U.S. gun deaths and car deaths now occur at the same rate

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ATLANTA, GA - Talk about a deadly draw. For the first time in 60 years, the number of Americans killed by guns is as high as those killed in automobile accidents. The Centers for Disease Control just released stats showing both firearms and cars are each the cause of 103 fatalities in every one million Americans. For decades these two death rates have been far apart, but not anymore.

Shocking, but this terrible tie means some good news. Improved safety equipment in cars and better roadways have drastically reduced the rate of deaths resulting from car crashes. The bad news; gun violence has gone way up. Most of this spike is due to a rise in suicides by firearm.

So , while this balancing act between gun deaths and car deaths are right now equal, it will be interesting to see if open carry in Texas will tip the scale.