THE ANNUAL NUMBER of firearm-related deaths and injuries fell between 1993 and 1995, according to the latest research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the news is good, public health advocates warn that the numbers are still too high, and finding the reasons for the decline and installing measures to permanently decrease the violence will be difficult.
The CDC study, published in the July issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, looked at trends in nonfatal and fatal firearm-related injury rates in the United States from 1985 to 1995. The researchers found that the rate of firearm-related deaths increased every year, peaking in 1993 after which both nonfatal and fatal injuries decreased across all ages for both sexes, all racial and ethnic groups, and all types of injuries.
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