Guns A Public Health Crisis

Guns are a Public Health Crisis 

The United States has more guns and gun deaths than any other developed country in the world, researchers found. A study by two New York City cardiologists found that the U.S. has 88 guns per 100 people and 10 gun-related deaths per 100,000 people – more than any of the other 27 developed countries they studied.

They said they carried out their study because of what they said are seemingly baseless claims on either side of the gun control debate. “I think we need more of what I would call evidence-based discussion and not merely people pulling things out of their hats,” Bangalore said. “We hear time and time again about these shootings, especially in the last year or so. A lot of claims are made…so we wanted to look at the data and see if any of this holds water.”

Drs. Sripal Bangalore, who works at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Dr. Franz Messerli of St. Luke’s Medical Center studied the statistics of guns per capita and gun deaths. They used firearm injury data from the World Health Organization and guns per capita data from the Small Arms Survey to put together a list of 27 developed countries.

David Hemenway, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health who specializes in injury research and is considered one of the top gun violence researchers in the country, said the there’s “no question” that the relationship between guns and gun deaths is real.

They concluded that more guns do not make people safer. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/09/19/u-s-has-more-guns-and-gun-deaths-than-any-other-country-study-finds/

NRA & Gun Manufacturers

At its snarling, take-no-questions press conference Friday, the NRA blamed the media, violent video games and just about everyone but itself for the massacre at a Connecticut school last week.

If anyone thought the National Rifle Association’s lengthy silence after the Newtown school massacre meant the gun group might have been chastened into re-thinking its guns-everywhere policies, Friday’s much anticipated “press conference” showed that wasn’t the case at all.

In a speech that veered from sanctimonious to snarling, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre refused to retreat an inch. Instead, he blamed everyone but the NRA for putting the nation’s children in “mortal danger,” singling out politicians for creating “gun-free zones” open to killers, the media for misrepresenting gun issues, violent video games for egging on murderers and the entertainment industry for bathing children in violence

It’s not just a perception: Mass shootings have become more frequent, data show

Between 2011 and 2013, there was a mass shooting in the U.S. once every 64 days, on average Before 2011, mass shootings in the U.S. occurred once every 200 days, on average

If it seems like mass shootings are becoming more common, researchers say there’s a good reason: They are. Between a 2011 shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Carson City, Nev., that left four people dead and the 2013 attack on the Washington Navy Yard where 12 people were killed, a mass shooting occurred somewhere in America once every 64 days, on average.

In the preceding 29 years, such shootings occurred on average every 200 days, according to an analysis by researchers from Harvard University’s School of Public Health and Northeastern University. The study defined a mass shooting as an outbreak of firearms violence in which four or more victims were killed and the shooter was unknown to most of his victims.

Not only are such shootings more common, they have also become more deadly. In the 10-year period that ended with the Washington Navy Yard attack, a total of 285 people died in such events. In the 13 years before that, 151 people perished in mass shootings. Between Jan. 1, 2014, and May 26, 2015, 195 more people in the United States have been slain in an additional 43 shootings, according to statistics drawn from Mass Shootings Tracker, a Wiki-style site.

That doesn’t include the nine victims killed Wednesday night at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

Although the fatalities in mass shootings are dramatic, they are dwarfed by the number of people killed by firearms in attacks that affect one or two victims at a time and largely escape public notice. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 11,208 people died in homicides involving firearms in the United States in 2013.

Today, American civilians are thought to own as many as 310 million firearms, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. A 2012 report from the Congressional Research Service noted that the number of guns per capita had doubled since 1968.

While recent mass shootings have prompted calls to keep guns away from those with mental illness, Stone estimated that only about 22% of perpetrators were “deeply mentally ill.”

Some people, including those opposed to the kinds of gun control measures routinely proposed in the aftermath of mass killings, dispute the claim that such rampages have escalated. Mass shootings are a constant on the American landscape and are more visible thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, they say. The trend lines may soon look even worse. In 2013, President Obama ordered that the definition of a mass shooting be changed to one in which three or more people are killed.

By that accounting, more than 300 people died in mass shootings between Jan. 1, 2014, and May 26 this year, according to data from Mass Shootings Tracker. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mass-shootings-more-frequent-data-20150618-story.html

.Having a gun in your home makes you less safe

The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.

Having a gun in your home significantly increases your risk of death — and that of your spouse and children. And it doesn’t matter how the guns are stored or what type or how many guns you own. If you have a gun, everybody in your home is more likely than your non-gun-owning neighbors and their families to die in a gun-related accident, suicide or homicide.

Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that having a gun in your house reduces your risk of being a victim of a crime. Nor does it reduce your risk of being injured during a home break-in.

The health risks of owning a gun are so established and scientifically non-controvertible that the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement in 2000 recommending that pediatricians urge parents to remove all guns from their homes.

Notice that the recommendation doesn’t call for parents to simply lock up their guns. It stresses that the weapons need to be taken out of the house

 Which Kills More People in Your State—Cars or Guns?

Plenty of states are hitting a grisly milestone; for the nation, it’s only a matter of time.

Back in December, not long after the massacre at Sandy Hook school massacre in Newtown,

Connecticut, Bloomberg News published a study suggesting that by 2015, guns would kill more

Americans than traffic accidents do. The comparison struck a nerve, and the factoid has become

a talking point in gun control debates on Capitol Hill. But it’s clear from the data that the

prediction wasn’t just a hypothetical. A number of states have already hit this grisly milestone.

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