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Almost Every American Know A Victim Of Gun Violence, Study Finds

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Researchers released some interesting information regarding America’s gun violence.

According to researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine, as gun control continues to clog the mass media, we can now officially say that just about every American know of a victim to gun violence.

It’s sadly a disturbing reality.

The study was published in the journal Preventive Medicine and used estimates based on injury data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The research team used data about fatal and non-fatal gun injuries in the US. The likelihood within any given personal network was 99.85 percent; it was higher for blacks (99.9 percent) and Hispanics (99.5 percent) than for non-Hispanic whites (97.1 percent), based on the results.

The likelihood of knowing a gun violence victim who died (rather than being injured) was 84.3 percent overall, with blacks and non-Hispanic whites having the highest risk, as PsyPost reported.

Researchers, who used well-established estimates of a person’s social network, were able to put out an average number of 291 relationships per lifetime.

“We found that the probability of never knowing someone who experiences gun violence over a lifetime is very small,” researchers wrote.

Researchers continued by stating: “Leaving aside constitutional debates about approaches to controlling gun violence, it might inform our national conversation to recognize that nearly all Americans, of all racial/ethnic groups, will know a victim of gun violence in their social network.”

CDC data from 2013 was used, which saw 33,636 gun deaths and 84,258 non-fatal gun injuries. Of the deaths, nearly 21,000 were suicides, researchers stated.

The lead author of the study, Sandro Galea, MD, came to a conclusion that more firearm-related research is needed.

Sandro, along with other public health leaders, has been pushing for the CDC to allocate funding for gun violence research.

Jose Florez is the founder and editor of Mental Daily. His work has appeared in Psychology Today, Glamour, HuffPost, among others. He is a mental health advocate, and currently studying psychology.

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