Report: Alabama gun fire death rate on the rise

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SLOCOMB, Al. (WTVY) -- The number of people killed by guns in Alabama is up 22 percent in the last 7 years.

In 2016, Alabama’s gunfire death rate was the second highest in the nation.

Slocomb Police Chief Don White says, "We have seen a lot of violence increase across the nation."

The number of deaths by gunfire is on the rise.

"A lot of people have just become immune to violence."

Gun deaths have increased more in Alabama than in the US as a whole.

White says, "Used to, firearms were only used in major crimes but even here in Slocomb, we have seen an increase in firearm violence."

White says education is the fix.

"Kids use guns in video games then when they see a gun in the home, they think it's the same thing. So we have to educate them and the parents on when and where a gun is necessary."

And knowing when to call police instead of pulling the trigger.

The Geneva County Sheriff’s Office offers safety classes twice a year, more info can be found on their Facebook page.