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Citation

Rushforth NB, Hirsch CS, Ford AB, Adelson L. Am. J. Epidemiol. 1974; 100(6): 499-505.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1974, Oxford University Press)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

4447111

Abstract

A study of accidental firearm fatalities in Cuyahoga Count, Ohio, (Metropolitan Cleveland) from 1958-1973, inclusive, has shown a threefold increase in the rate of such deaths since1967. They are more frequent in the central city than in the suburbs, show a male preponderance, are more common in nonwhites, have a peak prevalence in the 25-34-year age range and usually happen in the home. Approximately half of the adult victims had been drinking alcoholic beverages when shot. It is hypothesized that the frequency of accidental firearm fatalities is primarily related to the number of guns, particulary handguns, in civilian possession. The data indicate that a loaded firearm in the home is more likely to cause an accidental death than to be used as a lethal weapon against and intruder.

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