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Americans Own World’s Largest Arsenal of Firearms: Survey

There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004.

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]