Developing Data-Driven Solutions to Firearm Violence

Bellal Joseph, Letitia Bible, Kamil Hanna

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Firearm-related injuries remain a major public health crisis in the USA with significant impact on society. Communities nationwide have a growing need for solutions to mitigate the public health impact through data-driven innovative solutions built on the collective expertise of multiple stakeholders. Recent Findings: There is an overall increasing incidence of firearm-related injuries over the past couple of years with more severe injuries and a higher mortality rate. The best available data clearly shows that restrictive legislation, non-liberal licensing, comprehensive background checks, and responsible firearm ownership are associated with lower firearm injury rates. A nationwide firearm research infrastructure is also needed to verify the potential role of these solutions. Summary: Firearm-related injuries remain a multifaceted national public health crisis that imposes a significant burden on many medical and social systems. Multiple data-driven targeted interventions can address different dimensions of the problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-50
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Trauma Reports
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020

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Keywords

  • Concealed carry laws
  • Data-driven solutions
  • Firearm legislation
  • Firearms
  • Gun buyback
  • Violence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation

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