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Colorado Study: We Are Fighting Unarmed Against Firearms

Dr. Angela Sauaia, professor of health systems, management and policy at the Colorado School of Public Health had an article published on the statistics which make up the increase of fatality from firearms in the U.S. between 2010 and 2016. And how we’re losing the public health battle against gun violence.

The invited commentary states:

“Firearms caused 116,414 nonfatal injuries and 38,658 deaths in 2016 in the United States. After a decline in the 1990s, sustained throughout the 2000s, firearm-related suicide and homicide rates are increasing. The case-fatality rate ranks among the highest at 30 percent, 1 in 3 individuals injured by firearms dies. It is one of the few such lethal conditions for which there is a single, known, avoidable cause. Moreover, it is the only such lethal condition for which there is a controversial congressional ban on funding. The 1996 ban, known as the Dickey Amendment, does not target research itself but advocacy efforts. Yet it has successfully stifled the funding stream for research. It has discouraged scientists from pursuing careers investigating firearm-related issues because of intense controversy, lack of prestige, and academic fatigue. This will compromise the field’s future, as few mentors will feel prepared to encourage or nurture academic development in this area. A domino effect will ensue that we may not have funding to gauge.”

Read the article in the Journal of the Medical Association of America (JAMA).