Edited by :
Cassandra Crifasi, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
David Hemenway, Harvard University, USA
Gun violence is a major public health issue that is affecting the lives of individuals around the world and is the cause of more than 500 deaths and 2,000 injuries per day. However, the effects of gun violence are not evenly spread across the globe. Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred within only six countries, Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala.
In 2017, over 38,000 deaths and 80,000 injuries within the US occurred as a result of gun violence. This is far higher than any other OECD nation, and more Americans die from guns than from motor vehicle crashes.
Mass shootings, such as Sandy Hook, are the most visible form of gun violence; however, these account for a tiny proportion of all gun deaths. Other more prevalent forms of gun violence include suicides, homicides, unintentional deaths and serious injuries.
Gun violence prevention through sensible firearms policy remains a hot topic in the media, in the US Congress and in the forthcoming general election. This collection aims to bring together a selection of the latest research and developments surrounding gun violence and gun violence prevention.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- Domestic violence
- Mass shootings
- The long term health effects of gunshot wounds
- The spatial patterns of injury incidence as a result of gun violence
- The cost associated with firearm related injuries
- The role of firearms in suicide
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