Locations of Mass Shootings Relative to Schools and Places Frequented by Children.
Year of Publication
2020 Sep 08
<p>In US trauma centers, firearms are the second leading cause of trauma-related death in pediatric patients. In children (<18 years), firearms are associated with one of the highest case fatality rates (16.7%) of all injury mechanisms. According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2019 alone, 3774 children experienced gun violence, including 985 killed and 2789 injured. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports multiple-victim school homicide rates have increased significantly between 2009 and 2018, following 15 years of decline. Considering the overall burden of gun violence, mass shootings are responsible for a relatively small number of deaths and injuries. However, these events also expose other residents, notably children, in the nearby communities to violence. This study examines the location of mass shootings relative to schools and places frequented by children, highlighting the potential risk of exposure to violence in our communities.</p>