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According to the CDC, 1,307 Missourians died from gunshot wounds in 2017.
David Kovaluk | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri has one of the highest rates of gun-related deaths in the nation.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rank Missouri sixth in U.S. for gun death rate, including intentional and accidental shootings. The CDC reports 1,307 Missourians died from gunshot wounds in 2017, an increase over the previous year.

Dr. Laurie Punch, left, teaches a Stop the Bleed STL participant how to use a tourniquet to control severe bleeding.
Stop the Bleed STL

In St. Louis, health care workers are volunteering their time — and in some cases, their own money — to train bystanders how to control life-threatening bleeding.

The goal is simple: keep trauma victims alive long enough for them to reach a hospital.

Stop the Bleed STL offers free classes at locations throughout the greater St. Louis region, including schools, community centers and churches. The program, which is affiliated with the national Stop the Bleed campaign, focuses on areas with high rates of gun violence.