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Violence decreases US life expectancy

2013-01-09 22:32

Washington - A new report says the US suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation, due in part to the widespread possession of firearms and the practice of storing them at home.

Gun violence is just one of many factors contributing to lower America’s life expectancy, but the finding takes on urgency because the report comes less than a month after the shooting deaths of 20 children and six educators at an elementary school in the Northeast.

The US has about six violent deaths per 100 000 residents.

None of the 16 other countries included in the review came close to that ratio.

For many years, Americans have been dying at younger ages than people in other wealthy countries.

The US also suffers high rates of drug-related deaths and infant mortality.

Comments
  • fidel.uncensored - 2013-01-10 07:45

    "A new report says the US suffers far more violent deaths than any other wealthy nation," American exceptionalism!

  • melissa.buytendag - 2013-01-10 08:36

    Life expectancy rates drop because of the drugs, the infant mortality rate and well 6 viokent kills per 1000 is a high n number with a population of 313,914,040. But as a developed country im sure something will be done about that statistic... A country's succes and future lies in the fragile hands of life expectancy and infant mortality rates. With an elderly population such as Sweden, a country is sure to be driven into the ground

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