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Editorial
Firearm Violence
January 3, 2017

Responding to Firearm Homicide in Urban Areas

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut
  • 2Editor at Large, JAMA Internal Medicine
JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 3, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8509

Although mass shootings are horrid events that grip the public attention, they account for relatively few homicides in the United States. Many more people die in everyday shootings in urban areas that may go unnoticed. The victims of firearm homicide are primarily young, male, or black. Of the 10 945 firearm homicides in 2014, 65.8% of the victims were age 15 to 34 years, 84.3% were men, and 57.5% were black.1

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