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LWVCO Gun Violence Prevention TF

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By Rionda (State) Osman
Posted: 2023-11-28T17:32:14Z

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Here is a roundup of recent research:

The Rand Corporation has published its 3rd edition of its comprehensive work on gun policy with updated policy recommendations for states and the federal government:

The Science of Gun Policy

A Critical Synthesis of Research Evidence on the Effects of Gun Policies in the United States, Third Edition

by Rosanna Smart, Andrew R. Morral, Rajeev Ramchand, Amanda Charbonneau, Jhacova Williams, Sierra Smucker, Samantha Cherney, Lea Xenakis

Reporting on gun violence can be tricky. The Journalists' Resource provides some cautions about data citations (and reaching conclusions) for studies of background checks:

Inconsistent state reporting requirements raise efficacy concerns about federal gun background check system

New papers in JAMA Health Forum and JAMA Internal Medicine explore the landscape of state laws on reporting people barred from buying guns to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

by Clark Merrefield | November 17, 2023 |

One theme that is gaining prominence is the question of monetary costs of firearm injuries and deaths, to individuals and their families as well as to employers and taxpayers in general. Here are some recent articles:

Costs of Fatal and Nonfatal Firearm Injuries in the U.S., 2019 and 2020

Gabrielle F. Miller, PhD, MPH , Sarah Beth L. Barnett, PhD , Curtis S. Florence, PhD , Kathleen McDavid Harrison, PhD, MPH , Linda L. Dahlberg, PhD , James A. Mercy, PhD

Published:November 26, 2023


The total cost of firearm related injuries and deaths in the U.S. for 2020 was $493.2 billion, a 16 percent increase compared with 2019. There are significant disparities in the cost of firearm deaths in 2019–2020, with non-Hispanic Black people, males, and young and middle-aged groups being the most affected.


Most of the nonfatal firearm injury–related costs are attributed to hospitalization. These findings highlight the racial/ethnic differences in fatal firearm injuries and the disproportionate cost burden to urban areas. Addressing this important public health problem can help ameliorate the costs to our society from the rising rates of firearm injuries.

Everytown Report: The Economic Cost of Gun Violence

The Economic Cost of Gun Violence

$557 Billion Annually, Comparable to 2.6 Percent of US Gross Domestic Product

In an average year, gun violence in America kills 40,000 people, wounds twice as many, and has an economic consequence to our nation of $557 billion.

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