Examining Accidental Shooting Death Statistics

Accidental shooting death statistics can be a sobering reminder of mortality, but they are important in promoting prevention measures. For those families dealing with the death of a loved one from an accidental shooting, statistics can seem cold and unfeeling. But it’s important to put these statistics in front of others because they give some perspective on how big an issue accidental shooting deaths really are in the United States.

 Statistics for Accidental Shooting Deaths

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control, there were 130,557 deaths in 2013 from unintentional injuries, the 4th ranking cause of death in 2013 overall. From 2005-2010, almost 3,800 people in the U.S. died from unintentional shootings.

  • Accidental gun deaths occur mainly in those under 25 years old. Over 1,300 victims of unintentional shootings for the period 2005–2010 were under 25 years of age. Adolescents are particularly susceptible to accidental shootings due to specific behavioral characteristics associated with adolescence, such as impulsivity, feelings of invincibility, and curiosity about firearms.

  • Miller, Azrael, and Hemenway reported in a 2001 study that regardless of age, people are significantly more likely to die from unintentional firearm injuries when they live in states with more guns, relative to states with fewer guns. On average, states with the highest gun levels had nine times the rate of unintentional firearms deaths compared to states with the lowest gun levels.

  • A statistically significant association exists between gun availability and the rates of unintentional firearm deaths, homicides, and suicides. In the United States, over 1.69 million kids age 18 and under are living in households with loaded and unlocked firearms, setting the scene for possible tragedy if firearms are not locked and stored properly. A study from 1991-2000 showed that twice as many people died from unintentional firearm injuries in states in the U.S. where firearm owners were more likely to store their firearms loaded.

How are Accidental Shooting Death Numbers Recorded?

The number of deaths due to firearms each year is gathered using death certificates and medical examiner reports. Firearm deaths include homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings. The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Health Statistics publishes statistics in a mortality database that includes causes of deaths determined by coroners, medical examiners, and attending physicians.

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Aftermath is Here for Accidental Shooting Site Remediation

In the unfortunate and tragic event that someone is accidentally shot and injured or killed, there will likely be a substantial amount of blood loss that needs to be cleaned up. This cleanup is the responsibility of the property owner, and it comes with risks. Because you never know who is carrying what diseases or if the blood contains bloodborne pathogens, it is a best practice to contact a professional bioremediation company to cleanup and disinfect the site of the shooting.

Aftermath is a trauma scene cleanup company that compassionately and discreetly helps grieving families by remediating the site where the accident took place. With almost 20 years of experience, we are an industry leader in bioremediation, and we are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. Contact us online or call 877-872-4339.

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Sources:
http://library.med.utah.edu/WebPath/TUTORIAL/GUNS/GUNSTAT.html
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/3/e370.full
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00017018.htm
http://content.csbs.utah.edu/~rhuef/courses/Notes5321-6321/trauma_article.pdf
http://smartgunlaws.org/gun-deaths-and-injuries-statistics/
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htm

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