More evidence that crime is on the decline came in the form of a report from the US Centers For Disease Control that revealed that murder has dropped from the top 15 causes of death in the United States for the first time in decades. USA Today had a story that included this bit:
Of the 2.4 million total deaths reported in 2010, there were 16,065 homicides, down from 16,799 a year earlier.
Included in that number, firearm-related homicides also declined to 11,015 from 11,493 in 2009, according the report which gathers data from death certificates provided by the states.Out of the top 15 leading causes of death all but two are diseases. The two exceptions are Accidents (unitentional injuries) at number 5 and Intentional Self Harm (Suicide) at number 10.
If you're interested you can grab a copy of the entire CDC report here.