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January 27, 1999

Firearm-Related Homicides Among Teenagers and Young Adults

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(4):323-324. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jbk0127

To the Editor: One of the most significant and disturbing findings of Ms Fingerhut and colleagues1 is that, although the numbers of youth homicides and youth firearm homicides are declining, the trend is that guns are responsible for an increasing proportion of the killings.

Three scenarios involving the presence of firearms at the time of youth assaults are consistent with this trend, and one or more may help explain it (Table 1).

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