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Guns and suicide: Means matter

[ Spring 2008 ] More people die using a firearm than all other means combined, including suffocation (e.g., hanging or drowning), poisoning (e.g., drug overdoses), leaping from great heights, and cutting. Most gun users are middle-aged and male. These bar graphs reveal correlations between…

Gun prevalence and suicide rank by state

Mapping the Overlap As these maps show, the correlation between guns and suicide is strong but inexact, since both are influenced by poverty, population density, and crime. The nine states that rank lowest in terms of gun prevalence are the very same nine…

The danger of guns in homes

Parents with guns in the house should assume their children are aware of the firearms – and possibly have even touched them, according to David Hemenway, professor of health policy and director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center at Harvard School…

Gun access heightens risk of suicide, murder

A new study finds that people with access to a gun are three times more likely to commit suicide and almost twice as likely to be murdered. David Hemenway of Harvard School of Public Health—who wrote an editorial in the Annals of…

HSPH Unveils comprehensive, public online library of firearms research

New Database Provides Excellent Resource for Reporters, Law Enforcement, Public Health Officials and Policymakers Concerned With Issues of Gun Violence For immediate release: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Boston, MA – A new firearms research database launched by the Harvard School of Public…

Hemenway's violence prevention work lauded

David Hemenway, who has spent much of his career studying youth violence and implementing violence prevention programs, has received the Striving for Social Justice Award from Community Works, an umbrella organization that comprises 34 social justice groups. Hemenway, professor of health policy…