Lancet Public Health study shows that firearm mortality highest in young men and associated with race and education in the USA, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia
A new study in Lancet Public Health on Firearm deaths:
- There were almost 2.5 million firearm deaths in USA, Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia between 1990-2015. Firearms remain a leading cause of death in men aged 15-34 years – accounting for 1.4 million deaths.
- Looking at firearm homicides only, which accounted for 73% of all firearm deaths, location, education, and race affected risk. Young men with low education were at highest risk in all 4 countries, and in the USA the risk of firearm homicide was 14 times higher in black men aged 25-34 with low education than in comparably educated white men (1.52% vs 0.11%). For US men with post-secondary education, black men were 30 times more likely to die by firearm homicide than comparably educated white men (0.30% vs 0.01).
- If countries could achieve the same firearm mortality rates nationally as in their lowest-burden states, 1.8 million firearm deaths in men and women of all ages could be avoided, including 1 million deaths in men aged 15-34 years.
Read the full paper here (Lancet Public Health Web Site) or (PDF & Appendix)
Press Release: Lancet Public Health (PDF)
Excel copies of Figures 1 – 3
Presentation Slides (PDF)