In the study, the suicide rate among people who owned handguns was almost four times higher than among who didn’t own a gun.
“There’s absolutely no causal evidence that violent video game play leads to aggression in the real world,” said Andrew Przbylski, one of the authors of an Oxford University study.
More American youth die of injuries from firearms each year than of cancer.
More than twice as many American kids were shot dead in 2017 than active duty U.S. military personnel and on-duty police officers combined.
Previous research has shown that states with lax gun laws tend to have higher rates of homicides and suicides involving firearms.
Handguns are easier than other firearms for young children to hold, and toddlers as young as 2 years old have enough hand strength to operate them, researchers point out.
A child or adolescent in the United States is 57 percent more likely to die by the age of 19 years than those in other wealthy nations.
Gun deaths have risen 27 percent since 1999, when guns killed 28,874 Americans.
“All injuries from gunshot wounds to car accidents have been going up,” said Dr. Angela Sauaia, the study’s senior author.
Minnesota was one of the states with the biggest suicide-rate increases.
Strong firearm laws also have a surprising impact on gun-related deaths in counties in neighboring states, the study reports.
If we did, maybe we wouldn’t be content to let them die at greater rates than children in Spain or Slovenia or England or Estonia.
Gun purchases surged in the immediate aftermath of Sandy Hook, as gun enthusiasts worried (unnecessarily, it turned out) that Congress might limit their access to such weapons.
In 2016, about 38,000 Americans died from gun-related wounds — a death rate of about 12 per 100,000 people.
Currently, 16 states (including Minnesota) and the District of Columbia have laws that mandate waits of anywhere from three to 14 days before purchasing a firearm.
Another 5,790 are treated each year for gunshot-related injuries, wounds that leave many of the children disabled for life.
It’s estimated that between 1988 and 2005, the proportion of Australian households with guns plummeted by 75 percent.
The United States is much more addicted to ownership and possession and use of guns than any other nation.
The U.S. death rate from gun homicides is about 31 per million people per year, the New York Times reports. The rate in Germany, the Netherlands and Austria is only about 2 per million.
The time is right to look at approaches outside the legislative process.