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					       Gunshot Wounds:
What you don’t see in the movies.


           Facts and Prevention
   Presented to 6th Graders at School 17
                Fall, 2003

               Medical Student
         Why should you care?
• Roughly 200 million firearms in the US.
• Almost half of American households have
  firearms.
• Every day, 14 Americans under the age of 20 are
  killed by guns (many more are wounded).
• In 1992, firearms surpassed motor vehicles as the
  number one cause of brain injury fatalities in the
  US.
• Gunshot wounds are the 3rd most common cause
  of traumatic spinal cord injuries in the U.S.
How do we compare?
Why do you think people have
          guns?
Here is the real story!
Who is at risk?
What about women?
       Warning!!

         Disturbing,
         REAL-LIFE
       pictures of what
it really means to use guns.
Skull Fracture
CT Scan of a Bullet in the Head
The Final Outcome
Multiple Chest Wounds
When you get shot… sometimes
 you have to have surgery…
Massive Head Wounds
                   Prevention
• Stay away from people who carry guns.
• Try to solve arguments without violence, which
  you will probably regret later.
• If you feel like hurting someone, talk it out with
  someone you trust.
• If you feel sad or have thoughts of hurting
  yourself, tell an adult that you trust, like a parent,
  a school counselor, a teacher, or your doctor.
             Prevention:
     What to do if you find a gun:

•   Stop!
•   Don't touch it!
•   Leave the area!
•   Tell an adult!
•   Never pick up a gun or point it at anyone!
              Gun Safety
• Treat Every Gun As If It Is Loaded.
• One common mistake with semi-automatic
  handguns is to assume the gun is unloaded
  because the magazine has been removed.
  Often, a bullet is sitting in the chamber
  because the chamber was not emptied.
• Unlike medicine, food, cars and other
  consumer products, guns do not have to
  meet any minimum product safety standard.
                   Gun Safety
• Encourage those people you know (parents, older
  siblings, friends, etc) who own guns to use trigger
  locks (available at Dick’s for $5.99).
• Unlike aspirin bottles, most guns can be operated by
  the tiny fingers of a 3-year-old. Make sure that
  people always store guns safely.
• Even though it might seem like a good idea, don’t
  buy a gun for protection. The odds are 100 to 1 that
  you’ll regret it!!!
THE END

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