Gun deaths have reached a record level in the United States, according to a new report.
Data released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cited by The Hill on Wednesday showed that the number of gun deaths had reached its highest level in nearly four decades.
The underlying cause of death for nearly 40,000 people in 2017 were gun-related incidents, according to the data.
The deaths marked an increase of more than 10,000 compared to the 28,874 deaths recorded in 1999.
When adjusted for age fluctuations, the estimate represents a total of 12 deaths per 100,000 people — a jump from 10.3 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999.
Previously, last year had been deemed as the deadliest year in regard to mass shooting incidents.
The United States Congress House of Representatives former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was nearly killed during a shooting in 2011, reacted to the new report by issuing a statement from her gun…