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 […]


When Men Murder Women

The vast majority of women who are killed by men know their attacker, according to a new study of single victim/single offender homicides. Researchers for the non-profit Violence Policy Center analyzed 2011 homicide data and found that 94 percent of female victims were murdered by a male they knew. Among female victims who knew their attackers, 61 percent were intimately involved with their killers. Firearms were used in more than half (51 percent) of female victim-male offender homicides. Black women […]


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 […]


Pew: Public Unaware of Gun Violence Decline

Most Americans are unaware of the country’s two decade-long decline in gun violence from its peak in 1993, according to a Pew Research Center report released yesterday. Pew researchers analyzed studies and surveys about firearms violence trends during the last 50 years and public perception of violence for its report. In a survey conducted by Pew between March 14 and March 17 of this year, 56 percent of respondents said they believed the number of crimes involving a gun is […]


Canadian Crime Falls to 39-Year Low

Canada's crime rate fell in 2011 to its lowest level since 1972, according to official statistics released Tuesday, but homicide and child sexual abuse rates increased. The police-reported crime rate, which measures the overall volume of crime, declined 6 percent, or roughly 110,000 incidents, from 2010. There were roughly two million crimes reported in Canada last year. Canadian police reported 598 homicides in 2011, an increase of 7 percent from 2010, when there were 44 fewer reported. There were about […]


Protecting Detroit's Kids

As Detroit police officials prepared last month to face media questions about yet another fatal shooting of a teenager on the city's northeast side, Officer Monica Evans faced a different type of crowd: high school students. Surrounded by about 25 students from around the city, Evans asked the question that she anticipated her boss, Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr., would get from reporters: “what could law enforcement have done to prevent this?” “They said, 'Nothing,'” Evans recalled. “They said, 'Our […]


Far More Killed in Homicide than War

An average of more than half a million people died violently each year between 2004 and 2009, according to a new research note published by the Small Arms Survey and the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development. Intentional homicides outnumbered conflict deaths by more than seven to one, according to the research note. An average of 395,000 people worldwide died as a result of intentional homicides each year between 2004 and 2009. During the same period, an average of […]


Murdered?and Missing

How do you prosecute murder cases when the principal evidence—the body of the murder victim—can’t be found?