AL Andrews et al. Pediatrics (2022) 149 (3): e2021052739. Pediatric Firearm Injury Mortality Epidemiology
- In 2019, firearm injuries surpassed motor vehicle collisions to become the leading cause of death for youth aged 0 to 19 years in the United States.
- Approximately 60% of firearm-related deaths are homicides, 35% are suicides, and 4% are due to unintentional injuries
- In 2015, the U.S. accounted for over 90% of all firearm deaths among children ages 0-14 years in high income countries.
DS Studdert et al. Annals Intern Med 2022; https://doi.org/10.7326/M21-3762. Open Access: Homicide Deaths Among Adult Cohabitants of Handgun Owners in California, 2004 to 2016
This retrospective cohort study followed 17.6 million adult residents of California for up to 12 years.
- Overall rates of homicide were more than twice as high among cohabitants of handgun owners than among cohabitants of nonowners (adjusted hazard ratio, 2.33).
- These elevated rates were driven largely by higher rates of homicide by firearm (adjusted hazard ratio, 2.83).
- Among homicides occurring at home, cohabitants of gun owners had sevenfold higher rates of being fatally shot by a spouse or intimate partner (adjusted hazard ratio, 7.16); 84% of these victims were female.
My take: Gun ownership increases the likelihood of firearm-related deaths.
AAP Website: Gun Violence Prevention Advocacy Toolkit
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