Only slightly more than a third (34.9%) of those homes stored all guns locked and unloaded, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics. “Given the prevalence of household firearms in the United States, our findings suggest that millions of U.S. children are placed at substantially higher risk of fatal firearm injury, especially suicide,” the study concluded. According to a companion article, “household firearms create a suicide (and homicide) risk to all children and adults in a home. Given the much higher relative risk to individuals with mental health conditions and substance abuse disorders, a focus on families with high-risk adolescents merits top priority.” It added that suicide rates have tripled between 1999 and 2014 for 10- to 14-year-olds and have jumped 50% for 15- to 24-year-olds. Click here for the study and here for a companion article.
Some states step into gun-violence research void
As deaths from mass shootings have mounted across the U.S., some states are moving to collect hard data to guide their decisions about guns, according to this report in the Washington Post. The New Jersey legislature, for example, is weighing a measure that would create a gun-violence research center at Rutgers University. The center would be modeled on the new Firearm Violence Prevention Research Center at the University of California at Davis, which launched last summer with $5 million in state money over five years. The impetus for both initiatives is a vacuum created by the federal government’s virtual abandonment of research into gun violence — its causes, its patterns, its perpetrators, its victims and the best ways, based on scientific evidence, to curtail it. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association last year found research related to gun violence was “substantially underfunded and understudied” compared with other leading causes of death.
Semiautomatic rifle ban effective, study suggests
There have been no mass shootings in Australia since the passage of a ban on semiautomatic rifles in 1996...continue