Do you remember in the early 1990s when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control provided funding for gun violence studies? I don’t, as I was only in the 8th grade then, but I found a radio interview to teach me about this historical event.
Apparently Dr. Fred Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington at Seattle Children’s Hospital discovered, through this funded research, that having a gun in the home produces a threefold increase in the risk of a homicide as well as suicide even though the most common reason people have a gun is for home protection.
Rivara even goes so far as to say that when there’s a gun in the home the risk of suicide among adolescents and young adults increases tenfold. Again, this was all said to be based on this funded research.
According to Rivara, the NRA wasn’t too happy about this research and went after him as well as the CDC, asking various agencies to review Rivara’s published research regarding guns being in the home and linking that to suicide and homicide.
As I’ve said before, I believe that gun safety goes back to properly educating everyone that will be coming into contact with the firearm, directly and indirectly.
So, readers, I ask you:
Do you think Rivara’s research is legit?
Do you think the NRA should have been defensive about this research?
Do you think by simply having a gun in your home increases your chance of getting killed or committing suicide?
As always, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts, comments and opinions. Let’s talk!