People hospitalized with a gunshot wound are 30 times more likely to come back to the hospital with another firearm injury than those hospitalized for another medical reason, according to a new study from the University of Washington.Gee, so a proliferation of guns really doesn't make us safer. If anything, it perpetuates and increases the problem. Whodathunkit? Besides every rational person, that is.
Gunshot victims also are twice as likely to be arrested for future violent or firearm-related crime, according to a study by the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Washington.
Although the main conclusion of the study commissioned last year by the Seattle City Council is a correlation between gunshot wounds and future gun violence, the study also shows that mental illness does not have as strong a correlation with gun violence as previous firearm-related hospitalizations.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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