Magazine article Insight on the News

Gun Deaths, Injuries Plummet Precipitously

Magazine article Insight on the News

Gun Deaths, Injuries Plummet Precipitously

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The NRA claims the numbers prove more gun laws aren't needed -- existing laws need to be enforced. A current five-year survey reflects a trend dating back to 1930.

The nation's death rate from firearms fell 21 percent from 1993 to 1997, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The report also found injury rate from firearms plunging 41 percent during the same period.

"Our study pretty much showed there's been a substantial drop in both fatal and nonfatal firearms injuries" says J. Lee Annest, chief statistician for the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. "To see both of them coming down together really indicates we're making good progress. It's very exciting."

The study in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report estimated deaths from firearm-related injuries in 1997 at 32,436, down 18 percent from a record 39,595 deaths in 1993. The rate of gun deaths fell from 15.4 per 100,000 population six years ago to 12.1 per 100,000 in 1997.

The report, which Annest authored, also noted that the estimated number of nonfatal firearms injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms dropped from 104,390 in 1993 to 64,207 in 1997 -- 40.5 per 100,000 people to 24 per 100,000. Firearms injuries declined in every category -- assaults, suicides and accidents -- and preliminary federal data for 1998 indicate that the trends have continued.

In the past, CDC gun studies have been criticized by gun groups charging they were designed to promote gun control. …

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