Our comprehensive @PublicHealthAZ #AZ firearm violence epidemiology & policy recommendation report is coming out next Thursday.
'Firearm Violence in Arizona: Data to Inform Prevention Policies'
Here is a preview of our findings: 🧵 (1/12) @AlWilliams_epi @PublicHealth https://t.co/CEPY8F0V3i
Firearm injuries are the 3rd leading cause of death among #AZ kids. Firearm deaths have been steadily increasing in AZ since 2013. (2/12) https://t.co/IRgUfQRksv
For perspective: There were 388 hostile deaths per year among US service personnel during the Iraq war for a total of 3,490.
Firearm deaths among U.S. children averaged 3,095 PER YEAR from 2000-2021. (3/12)
From 2011-2021, there were over 60 times more firearm deaths among U.S. children than American police officers killed by firearms. Let that sink in. (4/12)
Firearm deaths among #Arizonans under 40 are mostly homicides.
Firearm deaths among folks over 60 are nearly all suicides. (5/12) https://t.co/Cz4z5GBGqy
There are significant disparities among demographic groups when looking at the mechanism of suicide mortality. (6/12) https://t.co/W8raZfR2sI
Gender, age, & race/ethnicity are huge determinants homicide mortality. Examine the striking disparities by race in #Arizona in Table 11,with the homicide rate among blacks 6x that of whites in #AZ. (7/12) https://t.co/cxyEv2JYZM
While fatal shootings by law enforcement are far lower than deaths from suicide & other homicides - Phoenix is a major outlier with a dramatically higher rate of fatal shootings by police. #AZ is near the top in age adjusted shootings by police. (8/12) https://t.co/YeAsniyKgf
School shootings are on the increase in the U.S. & #Arizona. Our report covers the circumstances of #AZ school shootings over the last 50-years. (9/12) https://t.co/XTZu2ABMwx
Overall firearm mortality rates were significantly higher in states with weaker/fewer gun laws (like #Arizona).
States with weaker/fewer laws have double rate of firearm deaths compared to states with stronger or more law. (10/12) https://t.co/JSCFNLYiM5
There are dozens of evidence-based public policies that reduce overall deaths from firearms. #Arizona has implemented very few & even has laws that actively make things worse like 'stand your ground laws'. (11/12) https://t.co/Be8Dt1NNr0
These and many more findings will be published in our comprehensive report next Thursday.➡️
Firearm Violence in Arizona: Data to Inform Prevention Policies
Our hope is that our report will inform future public policy in Arizona. (12/12) https://t.co/tgweisrtLY