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NCJ Number: 149880 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Firearm Facts: Information on Gun Violence and Its Prevention
Corporate Author: Children's Safety Network
National Ctr for Education in Maternal and Child Health
United States of America
Editor(s): L Duker
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Children's Safety Network
Arlington, VA 22201
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Contract Number: MCU 117-007
Sale Source: Children's Safety Network
National Ctr for Education in Maternal and Child Health
2000 15th Street No
Suite 701
Arlington, VA 22201
United States of America
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents information and statistics on the nature, extent, costs, and prevention of firearms deaths, particularly among children.
Abstract: Statistics are presented to show that American youth are killed with guns at far higher rates than youth in other countries and than older Americans. Young, urban African- American males are most at risk. A paper on youth suicide and guns shows that if a teenager attempts suicide with a gun, death is nearly guaranteed. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the United States, after car crashes and homicides; guns are now used in approximately 60 percent of all teenage suicides. Statistics on unintentional gun deaths among children show that children are at risk of being killed or injured by a gun if their parents own a gun, because many guns obtained for self-defense are kept loaded and within the reach of children. Other statistics address guns in schools, the risks posed by gun ownership by women, the risks posed by increasing the number of guns in homes, the financial costs of gun violence, and the prevention of child and adolescent firearm injuries. Prevention suggestions are comprehensive and reflect strategies tried across the Nation to prevent gun violence. References accompany each section of the paper.
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Criminology; Firearm accidents; Firearms; Firearms deaths; Juvenile suicide; Juvenile victims
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