That was the headline of the Washington Post story, which is designed to make you think that gun-related deaths are on the rise. In reality, traffic-related fatalities have declined, as pointed out by this paragraph in the article:

“The trend was driven largely by the sharp drop in the rate of traffic fatalities, a result of a series of laws and safety measures aimed at making driving safer. Gun homicide rates also have fallen in recent years, but have been offset by the rising prevalence of suicides. Today, suicides account for roughly two out of every three gun deaths.”

Here is a look at the trend chart included in the story:

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Quite a contrast to what one would take away from the headline/tweet.

The headline could have read like this:

But then it would not have had the effect the Post was intending, nor would it have fit their agenda.


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