Zero Degrees of Separation

Americans have a 99.85% chance of knowing at least one victim of gun violence over the course of their lifetimes, according to a new Boston University study. Published in Preventative Medicine, the research used 2013 gun injury and fatality data from the CDC and estimates of the average size of an individual’s lifetime social circle (about 291 relationships) to come up with the figure.
Although near certainty exists for all Americans, there were slight variations among black (99.9%), Hispanic (99.5%), and non-Hispanic white (97.1%) populations. The study authors advocate for large-scale longitudinal studies that would enable researchers to further explore the impact of US gun violence.
Source: BU School of Public Health

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