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 Questions?