New data on stray bullets in the US

Stray bullets killed or injured at least 317 people in the US between March 2008 and February 2009, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The article was written by Garen Wintemute of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center. In a press release on 2 August he said, "Stray-bullet shootings create fear and insecurity in many communities. People stay indoors, don't let their children play outside, and alter the patterns of their daily lives to avoid being struck by a bullet meant for someone else. Yet no research has been conducted at the national level to explore the epidemiology of these shootings. Such information is often important to identifying preventive measures". The article in full is available below:

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