Injuries: Firearm violence

The transition of the firearm epidemics in the mid 1980’s to early 1990s was an alarm for public health attention in the rising injuries and deaths related to firearm violence. However, prior to 1980s, gun violence has been on the rise since 1900s. In Western countries such as the US, gun mortality rose steadily from 5,000 deaths in 1910 to 39,595 deaths in 1993 (15.5 per 100,000) to its “endemic” phase in the mid-1990s (Christofell, 2007). The public health and global concerns of gun-violence trend is that the “Endemic” state will give rise to an epidemic state when appropriate prevention and control measures are ignored. Exacerbating the dangerous situation is that firearm violence will spread to the other part of the world if not already the case, due to the influence exerted to the other part of the world by the Western nations. The United States of America is the

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