A report published in the current issue of WMJ looks at the demographic and geographic factors contributing to Wisconsin’s rising deaths due to firearms.
To better understand the relationship between firearm deaths and population characteristics, authors Wen-Jan Tuan, MS, MPH, and John J. Frey III, MD, examined patterns of firearm-related deaths in Wisconsin from 2000 through 2014, looking at reason, age, sex, race/ethnicity and region of the state.
The study showed that about 14 percent of all injury-related deaths in Wisconsin were caused by firearms. The majority (97 percent) of firearm fatalities were due to suicides and homicides, with the overall number and rate of gun deaths by suicide consistently outnumbering homicides. White men over age 45 from rural areas and small towns were the largest group to use firearms for suicide, whereas young African-American males in southeastern Wisconsin had the highest rates of homicides by firearm.
“Our goal is to contribute empirical information essential to the future development of gun safety policies and programs that will educate the public on the responsible use and storage of firearms and may reduce firearm mortality throughout the state,” the authors wrote in the report, which is available here.
This latest issue of WMJ also includes a tribute to Earl R. Thayer, written by former Society CEO Susan L. Turney, MD, MS. Mr. Thayer, who passed away on Oct. 25, 2017, served the Society in various roles during his 40-year tenure, including 15 years as secretary and general manager. Read the full tribute here.
Published by the Wisconsin Medical Society, WMJ is a peer-reviewed, indexed journal devoted to the interests of the medical profession and health care in the Midwest.
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