Is There a Link between Alcohol and Firearm Violence?


More than 32,000 people in the U.S. die from firearm injuries each year and about twice as many are injured by firearms— most of them young, male and members of minority groups—according to a study published in a special issue of Preventive Medicine focusing on gun violence. After a decline in firearm violence during the 1990s, the study found that firearm suicides and nonfatal assaults have increased in recent years.

Annual costs stemming from firearm injuries exceed $48 billion, write Katherine Fowler, Linda Dahlberg, Tadesse Haileyesus and Joseph Annest, who are researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Read the paper here.

Other highlights from Preventive Medicine‘s Special Issue on Epidemiology and Prevention of Gun Violence, edited by David Hemenway and Daniel W. Webster, include:

  • An analysis of the relationship between firearm violence and alcohol.
  • A survey delving into the gun-buying habits of inmates at Cook County Jail in Illinois.
  • A survey of public attitudes toward gun ownership two years after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
  • A study on how data could be used to prevent criminals from buying secondhand guns.

Read the entire issue HERE.

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