Every American Is Virtually Certain To Know A Victim Of Gun Violence

11.02.16 1 month ago 9 Comments

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Gun violence is — sadly — a prominent part of the American narrative, and though the conversation surrounding it continues, there have yet to be any substantial changes made. It might be argued this is because people not directly touched by the violence downplay its severity (as people who subscribe to a post-racial mindset tend to do with racism), but a recent study in the journal Preventative Medicine argues almost every person in the United States will count a victim of gun violence among their social network within their respective lifetimes. So, among the many complicated factors that contribute to continued violence, it seems that unaffected parties can’t be included.

Using 2013 non-fatal and fatal injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System and estimates of the number of social relationships — a mere 291— a person is likely to form across their lifetime, researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine determined the probability of Americans knowing a victim of gun violence.

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