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Miller, Matthew, Deborah Azrael and David Hemenway. 2013 ‘Firearms and Violent Death in the United States - Conclusion.’ Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis; Part I, Chapter 1, pp. 13-15. Baltimore MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. 25 January

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U.S. children [aged 5-14] are thirteen times more likely to die from a firearm homicide and eight times more likely to a die of a firearm suicide than children in comparable developed nations.

There is no evidence that U.S. children are more careless, suicidal, or violent than children in other high-income nations. Rather, what distinguishes children in the United States from children in the rest of the developed world is the simple, devastating fact that they die - mostly by firearms - at far higher rates.

Within the United States itself, the evidence is similarly compelling: where there are more guns, there are more violent deaths - indeed, many more…

The consistency of findings across different populations, using different study designs, and by different researchers is striking. No credible evidence suggests otherwise…

[W]omen, children, and older adults are more likely to die by gunfire from a household gun (typically, legally acquired and possessed) than from illegal guns…

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