Firearm injuries cost $174 billion in the United States in 2010 and the government's firearm injury bill alone exceeded $12 billion. PIRE researcher Ted Miller estimates annual firearm injury costs average $645 per gun in America. The costs include medical and mental health care costs, criminal justice costs, wage losses, and the value of pain, suffering and lost quality of life. Violence - assaults and suicide acts - dominated the costs.
From USA Today
Although mass shootings get more attention, children are far more likely to be killed at home.
Nearly 800 children under 14 were killed in gun accidents from 1999 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly one in five injury-related deaths in children and adolescents involve firearms.
From New York Times Blog
Given recent firearm-related fatalities combined with declining gun research funding, it is important to monitor firearm injuries in youths. Injury death rates are available but provide an incomplete picture of these potentially preventable injuries.
Investigations on temporal trends of both fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries remain scarce. The objective was to investigate temporal trends of both fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries in children and adolescents presenting to 2 Colorado urban trauma centers.
Nearly 20% of children and young people at risk for suicide say there's a gun in their home, new research shows.
And among these youth, 15% know how to get their hands on both the gun and bullets.
"That's a volatile mix: kids at risk and the means to complete suicide," said Stephen Teach, who will present the study Monday at a meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington.
From a public health perspective, some social norms are beneficial (eg, washing your hands), while others are less so (eg, shaking hands, which may spread germs). Social norms can encourage or discourage violence. For example, traditional norms that men have a right to control women and that sexual violence is a private affair increase the likelihood of intimate partner violence. Social norms that encourage violence can be changed.
Dr. Angela Sauaia and her colleagues put together a research letter called "Firearm Injuries of Children and Adolescents in 2 Colorado Trauma Centers: 2000-2008," which was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
“Scientists, policymakers, and advocates are increasingly advised to use “the public health approach” to address myriad social issues, from alcoholism and arthritis to vision care and war. However, it is rarely clear what exactly is meant by “the public health approach.”
A review of the state medical examiner's records showed that recently purchased firearms were being used in suicides roughly once per month in New Hampshire. Since the string of suicides in 2009, gun store owner Demicco has joined forces with health professionals and gun dealers in a campaign to help gun stores and firing ranges learn ways to avoid selling or renting a firearm to a suicidal person. The campaign, known as The Gun Shop Project, also encourages gun businesses to share suicide prevention materials with customers.
Many doctors and nurses in U.S. emergency rooms don't ask suicidal patients if they have access to guns, even though guns are used in more than half of all suicides in the country.
That's the finding of researchers who surveyed 631 ER doctors and nurses in eight hospitals.