publication . Article . 2013

fatal school shootings and the epidemiological context of firearm mortality in the united states

Shultz, James M; Cohen, Alyssa M; Muschert, Glenn W; Flores de Apodaca, Roberto;
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  • Published: 01 Apr 2013 Journal: Disaster Health, volume 1, pages 84-101 (issn: 2166-5044, eissn: 2166-5052, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Informa UK Limited
Abstract
Background The December 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, USA, vaulted concerns regarding gun violence to the forefront of public attention. This high-visibility incident occurred within the epidemiological context of U.S. firearm mortality that claims more than 88 lives daily. Methods National epidemiologic data on firearm deaths over two decades were analyzed along with data registries on school shootings in order to place the tragedy at Sandy Hook in perspective. School shootings were classified as random or targeted. Results The U.S. has the highest rates of firearm deaths, suicides, and homicides among the world...
Subjects
free text keywords: Homicide, Criminology, Epidemiology, medicine.medical_specialty, medicine, Geography, Public attention, Gun violence, Research Paper, school shootings, rampage shootings, shooting massacres, mass shootings, firearm homicides
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