Gun Injury Rates In The US Exceeded Pre-Pandemic Levels

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Recent government data reveals that gun injury rates have continued to exceed pre-pandemic levels for the fourth consecutive year. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers found that race was a significant factor in determining who experienced the greater levels of gun violence in 2023. “Annual rates among Black and Hispanic people remained higher through 2023; by 2023 incidences amongst other ethnic and racial categories rebounded to levels prior to pre-pandemic,” the authors of the study stated.

Higher Unemployment Rates

“The foremost significant rate increments happened in more urban districts and districts with more noteworthy salary disparity, higher unemployment, and those with more extreme lodging problems,” the analysts said in the report. The information on weapon wounds, which was collected from emergency vehicle calls in 27 states through September 2023, looked to shed more light on the weapon wounds that don’t result in passages or hospitalizations. 

After connecting the rescue vehicle information to county-level socioeconomic information, the analysts found rates of gun wounds “were reliably most noteworthy” in provinces with serious lodging issues, which too saw the greatest increments compared with 2019. By wage, rates were moreover most elevated in districts with the foremost pay imbalance and higher unemployment rates, the report found. 

Encounters Involving Children

The segment “with the greatest persistent increase in 2023” when compared to rates prior to the pandemic was children and adolescents up to the age of 14, according to the researchers. In 2023, firearm injuries accounted for about 235 out of each 100,000 emergency medical treatment “encounters” involving children under the age of 14. These injuries could be anything from self-inflicted wounds to gunshot wounds from other people. Compared to 2019, when 148.5 out of each 100,000 ambulance calls for minors involved gun injuries, this number is more than 1.5 times higher.

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