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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:25 AM

How has fatality per shooting changed?

I was thinking about Gaby Giffords and how 20 years ago she probably wouldn't have survived. Or 30 years, or 40 years. You know what I mean... medical technology and technique is constantly improving.

So I was curious whether we have seen more total shootings per gun fatality over time. (The same way we have seen more shooting per fatality among US soldiers from WWII to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq.)

My intuition is that we must have, but I don't recall hearing/reading about the phenomenon. Anyone know?

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rightsideout Jan 2013 #1
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cthulu2016 Jan 2013 #3
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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 05:52 AM

1. There was a recent article and thread on that

Shootings have increased but deaths have decreased because of rapid response and improvements in medical technology. Well equipped trauma centers (urban MASH units) with the most advanced medical equipment and skills plus more advanced EMT units and helicopters have improved response and survival rates as the shootings have increased.

The shooting rate has been pretty level but it's been on a slight incline like a 5 degree x-axis line.

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 06:25 AM

2. So maybe we should

recalculate Wayne LaPierre's pay based on amount per person shot instead of the current $24 per person shot dead.

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Response to rightsideout (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:23 PM

3. Did it seem in line with population growth?

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Response to cthulu2016 (Original post)

Wed Jan 9, 2013, 04:27 PM

4. Something like 5% of gunshots are fatal; it was 20% as recently as the 70s

Trauma medicine does wonderful things.

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