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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


Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

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

To the Editor: In their study on homicide rates among US teenagers and young adults, Ms Fingerhut and colleagues1 found a declining rate of firearm and nonfirearm homicides beginning in 1993. Although this finding is good news, recent tragic events indicate that it is necessary to look at more complex issues than single statistical figures. Thus, no matter how much political and media commentators search for excuses by focusing on psychological and social issues in the Jonesboro or Springfield shooting tragedies or how many types of recommendations are given, the fact is that it is known how the shooters did what they did.

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