Gunshot lethality didn’t change

A re-analysis of national fatal and non-fatal shooting data for the period 2003-2012 has debunked two purported trends — it had been thought that non-fatal shootings surged and, since the homicide rate didn’t, that emergency rooms had gotten far better at saving lives. According to this article, what really occurred were some changes in data and reporting practices. The adjusted data indicate that the number of non-fatal shootings stayed flat at 42,000 per year and the proportion of shooting victims who died was also unchanged at 22%.


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