CDC Finds Firearm-Related Suicides Increasing, Homicides Decreasing in Large Metro Areas |
Firearm-related suicides and homicides pose a continuing public health problem in the United States. In a study released today,
CDC researchers found that firearm-related suicides increased in a
majority of the 50 most populated metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs)
in the country. However, firearm-related homicides rates decreased in
the majority of these areas. In addition, the study found that young
people between the ages of 10 and 19 are still substantially impacted by
- Focusing on the period 2009-2010, this report updates an earlier MMWR which provided statistics on firearm homicides and suicides in major metropolitan areas for 2006-2007.
- The firearm homicide rate for large MSAs remained above the national
average for 2009-2010. However, over three-fourths of MSAs showed a
decreased rate since 2006-2007, largely accounting for a national
- The firearm homicide rate for those aged 10 to 19 years exceeded the
all-ages rate in many of the MSAs during 2009-2010, similar to the
earlier reporting period.
- The firearm suicide rate for large MSAs remained below the national
average during 2009-2010. However, nearly three-fourths of these MSAs
showed an increase from 2006-2007, paralleling the national trend.
- Firearm suicide rates for those aged 10 to 19 years were low compared with all-ages rates during both periods.
the study identifies potential prevention strategies to prevent
firearm-related suicides and homicides, further research is needed to
assess the effectiveness of these strategies. Other studies have noted
effective strategies for preventing youth violence. These include:
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- School-based programs addressing social, emotional, and behavioral competencies,
- Parent and family-based programs that promote positive relationships, communication, support, and proper supervision, and
- Efforts to improve school, neighborhood, and community environments to reduce the likelihood of violence.
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