Not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I looked up the info and was having a discussion about it with my brother and thought I would share here. Many of you probably have already seen it, but anyway...
This is from the CDC website, info for 2010, apparently 2011 and forward numbers are not finalized yet. Hope that doesn't mean altered!
I give total numbers and the percent of total deaths in US, just some figures that jumped out at me. Thought it interesting that you are almost as likely to die from falling as being shot.
Deaths by Posoning 42,917 1.74% of total deaths
Deaths by car accidents 35,332 1.43%
Deaths from a fall 26,852 1.09%
Total Deaths by firearms 30,470 1.23%
but homicides by firearms are only 11,078, or 36.4% of all deaths by firearms
19392, or the balance were suicides, and total suicides were 38,364, so only 50.55% of suicides were with a firearm.