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