TITLE: Firearm Injuries of Children and Adolescents in 2 Colorado Trauma Centers: 2000-2008 (2013).
SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 2013, 309(16):1683-1685. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.3354.
AUTHORS: Drs. Sauaia, Miller, Moore, & Partrick
BITLY STATS: http://bit.ly/148146m+
RESEARCH FOCUS: Childrens injury rates from guns.
FINDINGS: (1) There is a real public health concern for children with access to guns. (2) firearm injures are more likely to result in a death or a treatment in the ICU than other injuries (50.4% of children injured with guns, 50.4% required intensive care, compared with 19.3% for other trauma-related injuries. Some 13.2% died, compared with the 1.7% injured in another way.)
NOTES: data includes period between two mass shootings in the Denver area — the 1999 one at Columbine High School and July’s mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora.
TITLE: American Gun Deaths to Exceed Traffic Fatalities by 2015 (2012)
AUTHORS: Chris Christoff & Ilan Kolet
NOTES: (1) Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend, (2) Every day, one of those killed by firearms is 14 or younger, (3) more than 200 people go to U.S. emergency rooms every day with gunshot wounds.
TITLE: Protect Children, Not Guns (2012)
SOURCE: Children’s Defense Fund
BITLY WEB STATS/TWEETS: http://bit.ly/PFlSJ0+
FINDINGS: in ‘08 & ‘09, 5,740 kids were killed by guns. Represents yearly average of 150 accidental deaths of kids, yearly average of 774 child suicides by firearm, & yearly average of 17,193 nonfatal firearm injuries.
NOTES: 87% of those who are under 15 & killed by guns in the top 23 high-income countries lived in the US, 8 children are killed by firearms each day.
TITLE: We Are Getting Tired of Prying Your Guns Out of Your Cold Dead Hand (2007)
SOURCE: Huffington Post
AUTHOR: Elayne Boosler
NOTES: Post-Va. Tech commentary highlighting the role of money in our gun violence epidemic. Highlights lack of gun industry regulation. Cites several alarming gun statistics. Criticizes gun culture as cowardly. Criticizes Bush for passing gun industry immunity. Links to a few sources.
TITLE: Common Sense About Kids & Guns (1997-2002)
WEB STATS: http://bit.ly/2OafLp+
FINDINGS: (1) 4 children died every day in non-homicide firearm incidents (2) 40% of American households with children have guns (3) 36% of teenagers (12-19) say they could obtain a handgun if they wanted to, including 47% of high school students (60% of boys) said they could obtain a gun if they wanted to, (4) etc, etc (there’s more!)
NOTES: Compilation of lots of 1997-2002 source data, most from the CDC.