Accidental Shootings: Many Deaths and Injuries Caused by Firearms Could Be Prevented
Examines the extent to which certain safety devices on firearms could prevent firearms-related death, specifically a child-proof safety device that automatically engages and a device that indicates whether a gun is loaded. Also presents new information on injuries caused by accidental firearm discharges and on the likely number of individuals injured in accidental shootings, and discusses a range of alternatives for dealing with this public health problem. Charts and graphs.
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Page 31 - Death from accident is a death which occurs within one year of the accident. Disabling injury is an injury causing death, permanent disability, or any degree of temporary total disability beyond the day of the accident.
Page 33 - the actual' dollar expenditures related to illness or injury, including amounts spent for hospital and nursing home care, physician and other medical professional services, drugs and appliances, and rehabilitation.
Page 2 - From a nationally projectable sample, GAO estimates that 31 percent of accidental deaths caused by firearms might be prevented by the addition of two safety devices. Of the 107 accidental firearms-related fatalities GAO examined for calendar years 1988 and 1989, 8 percent could have been prevented had the firearms been equipped with a child-proof safety device. (This 8 percent represents instances in which children...
Page 2 - Firearms are the fourth leading cause of accidental deaths among children 5 to 14 years old and the third leading cause of accidental deaths among 15- to 24-year-olds. Across all age groups, accidental shootings are the sixth leading cause of potential years of life lost because of accidents.