Nearly one in five American adults say they have had a family member killed by a gun, including suicides, according to a new study from the Kaiser Family Foundation. About the same number (21%) said they were personally threatened with a gun, according to the study.
People of color were more likely to report witnessing gun violence or having family members killed by gunfire. More than a third of black adults said they had a family member killed by a gun, compared with 17% of white respondents and 18% of Hispanic adults who participated in the study.
According to the study, three out of 10 black adults and one out of five Hispanic adults reported having personally witnessed a gunshot wound. Just over one in five (22%) of Hispanic adults said they saw someone shot.
Black adults were also more likely to report feeling unsafe in their neighborhoods.
“While the majority of adults overall say they feel ‘very’ (41%) or ‘fairly’ (41%) safe from gun violence in their neighborhoods, significant shares say they feel ‘not too safe’ (13% ) or not safe at all (5%),” KFF said in a statement announcing the study results. “One in six (17%) black adults feel completely unsafe in their neighborhoods, far more than the share of white (2%) or Hispanic (9%) adults.”
Black (32%) and Hispanic (33%) adults were also just over three times more likely to report worrying about a family member becoming a victim of gun violence daily or almost daily than white adults (10%).
“Black adults are much more concerned about their children being involved in gun violence, injured in gun violence, than white parents are,” said Dr. Céline Gounder, medical contributor at CBS News and general editor for public health at KFF .
The study found that 41% of all adults said they lived in a household with a gun. Of those with guns in their homes, 75 percent said guns were “stored in ways that don’t reflect some common gun safety practices,” said KFF, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on firearms issues. national health.
“Notably, nearly half (52%) say a gun is stored in the same location as ammunition in their home; more than four in 10 (44%) say a gun is stored in an unopened location; and more of a third (36%) say a firearm is stored loaded,” KFF said.
“The American Academy of Pediatrics and other public health and medical groups recommend storing your gun safely…because kids are curious. And if they find a loaded, unlocked gun with ammo…they might as well play with it.” Gounder said. .
“Death by guns has now become the leading cause of death between children and teenagers. And many of these are preventable deaths.”
If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, you can reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by calling or texting 988. You can also chat with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline here.
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