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Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries

  1. Nonfatal and Fatal Firearm-Related Injuries�United States, 1993-1997, MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), Vol. 48, No. 45, November 19, 1999, pp. 1029-1034.

    This report focuses on firearm-related injuries from 1993, the year that firearm-related death and injury peaked, to 1997, the latest year for which data are available.

    Key Facts:

    • The annual nonfatal firearm-related injury rate decreased 40.8%, from a rate of 40.5 per 100,000 in 1993 to 24.0 per 100,000 in 1997.
    • Unintentional fatal firearm-related injury rates have declined since 1950.

  2. Trends in Nonfatal and Fatal Firearm-Related Injury Rates in the United States, 1985-1995, Darci Cherry, MPH; Joseph L. Annest, PhD; et al, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Vol. 32, No. 1, July 1998, pp. 51-59.

    This study presents estimates of nonfatal firearm-related injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms during a three-year period (1992-1995). An increase of deaths among males aged 15 years to 24 years old from firearm assaults (from 15.9% in 1993 to 17.5% in 1995) indicates that the lethality of firearm injury is increasing through the use of high-powered, semiautomatic handguns.

    Key Facts:

    • An estimated 288,500 nonfatal firearm-related injuries were treated in emergency departments between 1992 and 1995.
    • For all firearm-related injuries, the estimated percentage of deaths increased from 27.9% in 1993 to 31.6% in 1995.

  3. National Estimates of Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries: Beyond the Tip of the Iceberg, Joseph L. Annest, PhD; James A. Mercy, PhD; et al, JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association), Vol. 273, No. 22, June 14, 1995, pp. 1749-1754.

    This study gives national estimates of nonfatal firearm injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms. It also offers a detailed look at the number and characteristics of nonfatal shootings.

    Key Fact:

    • For every fatal shooting treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments, more than 2.5 nonfatal gun wounds are treated.

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   Eight Publications Every
   Advocate Needs

   Firearms Violence - General
   Firearms Homicide
   Firearms Homicide and
   Domestic Violence
   Firearms Homicide in
   the Workplace
   Firearms Suicide
   Firearm Deaths of Children
   Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries
   Costs of Firearms Violence
   Firearms and Crime
   Firearms Ownership,
   Concealed Carrying,
   Self-Defense Use, and Gun
   Analyses of Pro-Gun
   Self-Defense Studies
   The Gun Lobby - Firearms
   Industry and Organizations
   Licensed Dealers

   Marketing Firearms to
   Women and Youth

   Appendix One: Organizations
   and Agencies

   Appendix Two: Understanding
   and Using Statistics

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