A new CDC report shows that suicides are driving the gun-death rate in both Wisconsin and the rest of the nation.
The CDC’s Wonder database found that 60-percent of over 39-thousand gun deaths in the nation last year were suicides. In Wisconsin, 70-percent of 624 gun deaths last year were suicides. Eighty-four-percent of those who committed suicide with a gun in Wisconsin last year were white men. While expanding background checks may prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands, UW-Madison Professor John Frey says they’d probably do little to curb suicides.