Everytown - December 4th, 2020 | "Every day in the United States, more than 230 people sustain a nonfatal gun injury, averaging one person every 7 minutes who is shot and wounded with a gun."
Posted on December 08 2020
"This analysis concludes with a set of actions that rigorous research shows could contribute to greatly reducing the unacceptable daily toll of nonfatal gun injuries. These actions range from the collection and dissemination of data, to local violence intervention programs that interrupt cycles of violence, to secure gun storage practices by individuals, to policies that limit the easy acquisition of firearms that contributes to both fatal and nonfatal gun injuries."
“An estimated 84,776 people - more than 230 people each day - were shot and wounded by firearms in the U.S. in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.6 This is more than double the daily gun deaths.7 And there’s no slow season for gunshot wounds. While nonfatal injuries occur most frequently in July and October, they are a constant, everyday burden on survivors, our medical system, taxpayers, and our communities.8”
“Encourage secure gun storage practices
Firearms should always be stored securely - unloaded, locked, and separate from ammunition - to prevent gun deaths and injuries. Over the past five years, there has been an average of nearly one unintentional shooting by a child every day as a result of children gaining access to firearms and unintentionally shooting themselves or someone else. These tragedies are preventable and the more families know about the risks, the more likely behaviors will change. Secure firearm storage practices are associated with reductions in the risk of self-inflicted and unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens of up to 78 and 85 percent, respectively, depending on the type of storage practiced.28 Be SMART is one public education program designed to help parents and adults normalize conversations about gun safety in both homes and vehicles and to encourage secure firearm storage in their own homes, among their peers, and when children are visiting others.”