Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: November 27, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412953948 | Print ISBN: 9781412928168 | Online ISBN: 9781412953948| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Injuries and deaths due to firearms are an important public health concern in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identifies the need for improvements in four areas that have a particular focus on firearm use: suicide, homicide, physical assault, and weapon carrying among youth. While firearm-related deaths and injuries have decreased since peaking in the late 1980s, they are still a significant problem in the United States, especially among lowincome African Americans living in urban areas. According to the CDC's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) (2005), suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for individuals aged 10 to 14 years, the third leading cause of death for individuals aged 15 to 24 years, and the second leading cause for individuals aged 25 to 34 years, with nearly half of the suicides among 25to 34-year-olds being completed with a firearm. Most firearm ...