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Posted: October 06, 2017

Statistics: More Americans killed by gunshots since 1968 than in all U.S. wars

Guns stacked in a store.
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Guns stacked in a store.

By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

More Americans have died from gunshots in the past 50 years than have been killed in every U.S. war, NBC News reported.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.5 million people have died in gun-related incidents in the U.S.since 1968. By comparison, about 1.2 million service members have been killed in every war in U.S. history, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs and iCasualties.org.

At least 58 people and the gunman died in Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas, and hundreds were injured. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

"What we've seen in Las Vegas is an uniquely American scene," former FBI agent Ali Soufan said on MSNBC. "The aftermath of such traumatic events have become an all too familiar scene in our society and in our politics."

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