Firearms

Firearms

Firearms

Definition: Firearm injuries are injuries that occur because a firearm has been discharged. They can be fatal or nonfatal, intentional or unintentional, and include homicides, assaults, suicides, suicide attempts, and unintentional shootings.

Magnitude of the Problem:  Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 6663, 6,600 children and youth ages 24 and under died due to firearm-related injuries (WISQARS).

  • 35% of these deaths were suicides
  • 61% of these deaths were homicides
  • 3% of these deaths were unintentional
  • 1% of these deaths were of undetermined intent

Prevention: Reducing firearm-related fatalities and injuries requires comprehensive prevention strategies. Best practices include:

  • Safe storage: Firearms should be locked, unloaded, away from ammunition, and out of reach of children.
  • Means reduction: Reducing a suicidal person’s access to lethal means. Firearms are the most lethal of the commonly used suicide means in the U. S.; reducing access to firearms by storing them safety or removing them from the home can help prevent suicide.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online], Fatal Injury Reports, 2010-2014.   

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) | CDC

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—
  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity
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Injury Prevention Links

Law and Policy Issues in Reducing Firearm Violence Among Children and Teens: The Role of Public Health

In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, and current federal and state debates about firearm legislation, this webinar takes a look at laws and policies that are known to reduce levels of firearm-related injuries, whether those injuries were intentional or not. Jon S. Vernick of the National Public Health Law Center will walk participants through the scope of the problem, practices that are and are not proven to reduce firearm-related injuries and death, and public health law issues, with a special focus on children and teens.

CSN Webinar

Violence Policy Center

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Injury Prevention Links

ASTHO: Preventing Firearm Injury and Death

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Injury Prevention Links
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Firearm-Related Injuries among Children Ages 0 Through 14

The following fact sheet provides information about firearm-related injuries and deaths among the 0 through 14 year old population in the United States. It contains a review of data and information about the magnitude of the problem, shows how different demographic groups are impacted, and describes the circumstances surrounding these deaths and injuries. It also includes a list of risk and protective factors and some promising practices in firearm-related injury prevention.
 
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CSN Publications

Firearm-Related Injuries among Youth Ages 15 Through 24

The following fact sheet provides information about firearm-related injuries and deaths among 15 through 24 year olds in the United States. It contains a review of data and information about the magnitude of the problem, shows how different demographic groups are impacted, and describes the circumstances surrounding these deaths and injuries. Risk and protective factors and some promising practices in firearm-related injury prevention are also explored.
 
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CSN Publications

Child Access to Firearms in the United States

Children often find or handle firearms in the home without their parents' knowledge. In the United States, 2,600,000 children live in homes with unlocked firearms that are stored loaded or with ammunition. Child Access to Firearms in the US discusses the number of children who have firearms in their household, how the firearms are stored, and how often children handle firearms.

The other infographics in the series are available here:  

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CSN Infographic

Magnitude of Firearm-Related Fatalities in Children & Youth

In 2010, 6,581 children and youth ages 0-24 died from firearm-related injuries in the US. The Magnitude of Firearm-Related Fatalities in Children and Youth breaks down the firearm-related fatalities of children and youth by age and intent. This is the second infographic in a three-part series of infographics on firearms. 

The other infographics in the series are available here:  

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CSN Infographic

Firearm-Related Fatalities in US Children & Youth: Homicide, Suicide, and Unintentional

This infographic covers three types of firearm-related injuries and how they affect children and youth: homicide, suicide, and unintentional. This is the first in a three-part series of infographics about firearms.

The other infographics in the series are available here: 

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CSN Infographic

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