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For the first time in almost half a century, homicide has fallen off the list of the nation's top 15 causes of death, bumped by a lung illness that often develops in elderly people who have choked on their food.
The government has been keeping a list of the top causes of death since 1949. Homicide has historically ranked fairly low. It was as high as 10th in 1989 and in 1991 through 1993, when the nation saw a surge in youth homicides related to the crack epidemic.
In the past decade, homicide's highest ranking was 13th. That was in 2001 and was due in part to the 9/11 attacks.
Perception is everything and when the nightly news beats you over the head with blood and death it takes its toll and warps reality