Margaret A.Winker, MDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
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).
Christoffel KK. Firearm-Related Homicides Among Teenagers and Young Adults. JAMA. 1999;281(4):323-324. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-4-jbk0127