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Gunshot Wound Resources

Gunshot wounds were the second leading cause of injury related deaths in the U.S. in 2000. This translates into "28,663 firearms-related deaths in 2000 - an average of 79 per day - 16,586 (57.9%) suicides, 10,801 (37.7%) were homicides, 776 (2.7%) were unintentional, and an additional (1.7%) were legal interventions or of undetermined intent... In 1994, the estimated lifetime medical costs of all firearms injuries in the U.S. was $2.3 billion." *

In 2010, 31,672 people died as the result of firearm injuries (for an age-adjusted death rate of 10.1 per 100,000 persons).  Suicides accounted for 61.2% of all firearm deaths, and 35% were attributed to homicide. **


MCW Libraries' books with the "Wounds, Gunshot" subject heading.

You may also want to try to search our catalog, MCWCAT, for additional books. Try keywords such as "gunshot" or "firearms."

Journal Articles:
A PubMed search retrieves articles on all aspects of gunshot wounds. Note: Full-text links may not work if you are not on the MCW, CHW, or FH networks. To verify that MCW Libraries subscribes to a particular journal check the E-Journals list.

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*Task Force on Community Preventive Services. "First reports evaluating the effectiveness of strategies for preventing violence: Firearms laws." MMWR 52 (RR14): 11-20, 2003.

**Murphy SL, Xu JQ, Kochanek KD: Final Data for 2010. National Vital Statistics Reports; vol 61 no 4. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2013.
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