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For Immediate Release: May 09, 2018
Media Contact: Andrew Patrick
(p) 202-408-0061 Ext. 1017
UPDATE (October 9, 2018) “In May 2018, the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence issued a press release stating that nonfatal gun injuries increased nearly 40% in one year. This statement was based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). A recent article jointly published by The Trace and FiveThirtyEight highlights how the CDC’s estimate of annual firearm injuries is imprecise – so imprecise that there was likely no statistically significant increase in firearm injuries from 2015 to 2016. As a result of these findings we rescind our May 2018 statement.
The CDC’s inability to precisely estimate firearm injuries stems from the lack of federal funding for gun violence research. The federal government does not track firearm injuries. This forces the CDC to calculate its estimate from a small sample of hospitals, leading to a large variance (imprecision). Shockingly, the CDC’s 2016 estimate of dog bite injuries is three times more precise (less variation) than their estimate for firearm injuries.
It is clear that gun violence injuries inflict an enormous burden on our country, likely accounting for between 46,524 to 186,304 injuries in 2016. Equally clear is the necessity for a national database to accurately track firearm injuries. Only with strong and reliable data can researchers effectively study and provide evidence-based solutions to this public health crisis.”
“We had known for a while that gun deaths increased again in 2016, but new numbers also show a 37% increase in Americans nonfatally shot.
“While there were increases in self-harm and unintentional injuries, the noticeable jump resulted from injuries sustained by firearm assaults.
“Gun injuries take an enormous emotional, physical, and monetary toll on the well-being of Americans. More of our citizens are being shot and injured than ever before, which reinforces the urgent need for stronger and effective gun violence prevention laws.”