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Gun violence

By Thomas Bauer Moderator | 05 Oct, 2016

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S. Nearly 30,000 people die each year due to gun violence and nearly 60,000 are injured.

The issue of gun violence is complex and multifaceted. In the USA the issues of the right to bear arms and the rate of violence have created passionate dialogue. Are there solutions that have worked in other communities that have been successful in reducing violence while allowing ownership of weapons?



Alina Baciu Replied at 11:25 AM, 5 Oct 2016

The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement (at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) held a workshop on Community Violence as a Population Health Issue on June 16, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. The workshop explored the implementation and outcomes of several community-based interventions. The proceedings will be published soon. In the meantime, the workshop agenda, video (featuring John Rich of Drexel University, Daniel Webster of Johns Hopkins University, Howard Pinderhughes of UCSF, Charles Branas of the University of Pennsylvania), and PDF files of presentations are available at:

David Young Replied at 11:31 AM, 5 Oct 2016

With all due respect, I would submit that the leading cause of premature death in the U.S. is suicide. Over 42,000 die each year in the U.S.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Replied at 12:53 PM, 5 Oct 2016

Tom, (from vacation in Porto, Portugal),
This is a very important topic and it is difficult to comment without bias on a sociological phenomenon that simply does not occur in other nations like mine, Australia. We had ONE major gun violence incident and our Fdereal government immediately implemented a gun buyback policy. We have a very LOW gun violence rate.
Because of where I stand socially and therefore politically I will be an observer of this discussion.
So I ask "is this a purely USA-related issue"?

Thomas Bauer Moderator Replied at 1:14 PM, 5 Oct 2016


Thank you for your comment. You are correct... Thank you for cross checking my statistic. I did a little research on the CDC site and found, in 2013, there were 73,505 nonfatal firearm injuries (23.23 per 100,000 U.S. citizens);[2] 11,208 homicides (3.5 per 100,000);[3] 21,175 suicides;[4] 505 deaths due to accidental/negligent discharge of a firearm; and 281 deaths due to firearms-use with "undetermined intent",[4] included in a total of 33,636 deaths due to "Injury by firearms",[4] or 10.6 deaths per 100,000 people.[4] Of the 2,596,993 total deaths in the US in 2013, 1.3% were related to firearms.[1][5]You make a wonderful point. I checked the CD and found 41,149 suicides of which 21,175 were the results of firearms.

I look forward to the continuation of this conversation about how other nations have addressed this opportunity.


A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Replied at 1:21 PM, 5 Oct 2016

Tom, a rapid search for an Australian summary.

A/Prof. Terry HANNAN Replied at 1:24 PM, 5 Oct 2016

Tom, is there a social review of the influence of Michael Moore's Bowling for Columbine?

Zidong Zhang Replied at 1:27 PM, 5 Oct 2016

I am skeptical about the validity of gun violence as proposition since
violence can be in any means, including legally owning and using guns and
other weapons for unjustified purposes. While we have been traumatized
recently by the so-called gun violence, some of us failed to wonder about
the source of violence, which is the people who applied violence to
victims, and why the people who should not be able to have a gun got
illicit guns.

David Young Replied at 1:37 PM, 5 Oct 2016

This just out from the Urban Institute:

Exploring the effects of gun violence<

A two-part blog series being published this week on Urban Wire looks at the complex factors behind who is most affected by gun violence and what it's doing to our communities.

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