For the first time, data for gun homicide and gun suicide deaths are now publicly available for more than 750 cities across the United States. Analysis from NYU Langone’s City Health Dashboard and Everytown for Gun Safety found an 11 percent jump in gun suicides from 2014 to 2020. Marc N. Gourevitch, MD, MPH, chair of the Department of Population Health at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and principal architect of the City Health Dashboard, speaks with Governing about what factors in city neighborhoods are driving increases in gun deaths.
“When we think of firearms in cities and the harm they case, our minds tend to go straight to the shooting of others,” says Dr. Gourevitch. “One lesson from this analysis is that it is important to focus attention on reducing the availability of guns to people who might be considering suicide.”
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