The United States has the highest rate of firearm-related deaths and injuries among developed countries.
But, according to data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the country’s gun deaths and injury rates have been rising.
The CDC’s annual report on gun deaths, published on Wednesday, showed that in 2016, there were 1,621 people killed by gunfire, a 3.4 per cent increase over the previous year.
That was the highest number of people killed with a gun in the United States since the start of the epidemic in 1968.
The number of gun deaths jumped by more than 3,000 from 2015 to 2016, to 1,066, according the report.
In 2016, a total of 2,081 people were killed by firearms, a 19 per cent rise.
In total, there are about 18,500 people who were killed with guns in 2016.