White House Responds to CDC Report: Decrease in Gun Homicides in 2022


White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing at the White House, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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WASHINGTON (AURN News) — The White House has issued a response to a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), indicating a decline in gun-related homicides in 2022. In a statement, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre acknowledged the positive trend while emphasizing the need for continued efforts to address gun violence.

“Too many families have an empty seat at their dinner table and too many communities have been torn apart because of gun violence. Though gun violence impacts all communities, it does not do so equally. This report makes clear that communities of color are especially at risk of facing this senseless violence,” Jean-Pierre stated.

“Black Americans continue to be disproportionately killed by gun homicides, with a rate more than four times higher than that of the general population,” she added.

A previous CDC report from 2022 also shed light on the grim reality of gun-related deaths. Between 2019 and 2020, the report highlighted a significant increase in gun-related deaths, particularly among Black and Hispanic males between the ages of 10 and 44 years.

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