It’s no secret that guns are a hot-button issue in the United States.
The truth is, both sides of this issue often get reduced to mere talking points. Everyone believes that we should protect the 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms, but the debate comes in when we start talking about how to do that more safely. It might even be useful to have a scientific study to make informed decisions, but the Center for Disease Control has been banned from studying gun violence for the past 15 years due to lobbyists in government.
One thing we can all agree on is that we would love to reduce the number of gun deaths and injuries. Fortunately, we can study what gun injuries occur and how much they cost. The answers might surprise you.
Most of the gun deaths in the U.S. are due to suicide. Less tracked, however, are the reasons behind injuries. There are approximately 1500 hospitalizations each week.
A study published in the American Journal of Public Health revealed that we pay more than $700 million per year for initial hospitalizations due to gunshot wounds.
More research is needed to determine the true cost of gun violence, however, because initial hospitalization costs don’t include follow-up costs, costs of readmissions, disability, home medications, or loss of work.
<div class="llcust" data-lltype="media" id="ll_590d316d36128" data-source="