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Healthy People 2010 - With Annotations

Chapter 15

Injury and Violence Prevention
Lead Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Goal: Reduce injuries, disabilities, and deaths due to unintentional injuries and violence.

15-5. Reduce nonfatal firearm-related injuries.

Target: 10.9 injuries per 100,000 population.

Baseline: 26 nonfatal firearm-related injuries per 100,000 population in 1996.

Target setting method: Better than the best.

Data source: National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Total Population, 1996 Nonfatal Firearm-Related Injuries
Rate per 100,000
Race and ethnicity  
American Indian or Alaska Native DSU
Asian or Pacific Islander DSU
Asian DSU
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander DSU
Black or African American DNA
White DNA
Hispanic or Latino 35
Not Hispanic or Latino DNA
Black or African American 93
White 11
Female 6
Male 47
Education level  
Less than high school DNC
High school graduate DNC
At least some college DNC
Select populations  
Males aged 15 to 24 years 152

DNA =Data have not been analyzed. DNC = Data are not collected. DSU =Data are statistically unreliable.

The United States has the highest rates of lethal childhood violence than every other industrialized country.(27) The increase in the total homicide rate from 1979 through 1993 resulted solely from increases in firearms homicides.(28) Fatalities, however, are only part of the problem. For each of the 35,957 persons killed by a gunshot wound in the United States in 1995, approximately 3 more received nonfatal wounds.(29)

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Last modified: 22-Aug-2001.