Where Do the Guns Come From?

The current gun debate has focused on background checks for legal firearms purchases. But gun violence is often committed by criminals who obtained their weapons illegally, according to podcasters who talked with youths and with researcher Philip J. Cook of Duke University about Chicago’s flourishing underground gun market.


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 […]


Gun Victims More Likely to Suffer Further Violence

Gun violence survivors are significantly more likely to die from future gun-related violence, according to a University of Washington study, commissioned by the Seattle City Council. Researchers studied 20,000 patients hospitalized in 2006 and 2007 in King County, WA, and found that those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury are 30 times more likely than the general population to suffer another firearm-related injury. They are 11 times more likely to be killed by firearm-related violence, according to the study. Those with […]


Report Links Accessibility of Guns to Homicide, Suicide

An individual's access to firearms significantly increases the odds of death by homicide or suicide, according to a new report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed 15 studies comparing the odds of being a victim of suicide or homicide between persons with and without access to firearms. All but one study found significantly increased odds of suicide and homicide victimization associated with access to guns. According to the report, individuals with firearms access are 3.2 times more […]

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Survey: Gun Dealers Support Sales Restrictions, Background Checks

Gun dealers and pawnbrokers who responded to a 2011 survey were nearly unanimous in support of denying gun purchases based on prior convictions, serious mental illness with a history of violence, or abuse of alcohol or drugs, according to a study in this month’s Journal of Urban Health. Researchers at the University of California, Davis surveyed 1,601 dealers, pawnbrokers and gunsmiths who sold 50 or more firearms each year. The survey found that more than half of respondents, 55.4 percent, […]


The Public Health Cost of Gun Violence

It costs over $2 billion a year in hospital charges to treat victims of firearms-related injuries. That was the major finding of a study released today at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). The high figure underlines the need to treat gun violence in the U.S. as a public health issue as well as a law enforcement challenge, according to physicians and advocacy groups contacted by The Crime Report. “We are talking about huge numbers of […]


The Costs of Gun Wounds on Youth

Gunshot wounds are the cause of a disproportionate share of serious medical injuries in children and teens, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers examined 49,983 instances in which injured children throughout the western United States had a 9-1-1 emergency medical services response. Gunshot wounds accounted for about 1 percent of all injuries recorded, but were associated with 21 percent of deaths. “Despite being less common than other injury mechanisms, gunshot injuries cause a disproportionate burden […]


A ‘Robust’ Correlation Between Guns and Homicide

State gun ownership rates can be predictive of firearm homicide rates, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers from Boston University examined firearm homicide data collected between 1981 and 2010, from all 50 states. They determined that for every 1 percent increase in gun ownership, firearm homicide rates increased 0.9 percent. “We observed a robust correlation between higher levels of gun ownership and higher firearm homicide rates,” researchers wrote. Louisiana had the highest […]


Study: Guns ‘Impose Suicide Risk’

Suicidal people in states with high rates of gun ownership are more likely to use firearms when attempting suicide and are significantly more likely to die from their attempts, according to a new Harvard University study. Researchers for the study, which was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, examined recent state-level gun ownership statistics to determine whether there's a correlation between firearm ownership and suicide mortality rates. While there is little variation in rates of suicide attempts between states […]