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Firearm Injuries and Gun Violence Call for Papers

Robert Steinbrook, MD1; Rachel J. Stern, MD2; Rita F. Redberg, MD, MSc3
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1Editor at Large, JAMA Internal Medicine
2Editorial Fellow, JAMA Internal Medicine
3Editor, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(5):596-597. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.0937.
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In 2013, firearm injuries were responsible for 33 636 deaths in the United States, almost the same number as the 33 804 deaths from motor vehicle crashes.1 The totals include 21 175 suicides—about half of all deaths classified as suicides—and 11 208 homicides—about 70% of all deaths classified as homicides. Since 2000, deaths from motor vehicle crashes have substantially decreased; in contrast, deaths from firearm injuries have substantially increased, mostly from suicides (Figure). Mass shootings, such as the killings of school children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 and of public health workers in San Bernardino, California, in 2015, continue to shock the public conscience.

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Deaths From Firearm Injuries and Motor Vehicle Crashes in the United States, 2000 to 2013

Data are from Xu et al1 and prior years of the same report. Illustrated homicides and suicides are those from firearm injuries only, not from other causes.

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