Vital Statistics

Firearm mortality is a leading—and preventable—cause of death in the US, Mexico, Brazil and Colombia. A new study surfaces demographic determinants of death between 1990-2015 and breaks down risk factors by age, sex, education, race or ethnicity (US and Brazil), and intent.

Key findings:

  • Homicides comprised the majority of deaths in Mexico, Colombia and Brazil.
  • Suicide accounted for over 50% of firearm deaths in the US.
  • In the US and Brazil: black and brown men, respectively, were at highest risk of firearm homicide.
  • In all 4 countries, men aged 15-34 with low educational attainment were at highest risk.

The Lancet

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