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April 12, 2019

Long-lasting Consequences of Gun Violence and Mass Shootings

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 2Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 3Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
  • 4Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle
JAMA. 2019;321(18):1765-1766. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.5063

In the span of 2 weeks in March 2019, 2 students who survived the mass shooting that occurred in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the father of 1 of the young victims of the mass shooting that occurred in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, died by suicide. Drawing direct individual-level causal connections between mass shootings and suicide deaths cannot be done with certainty; however, these 3 deaths painfully underscore the potential long-lasting consequences of gun violence generally and mass shootings specifically.

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