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Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven't: Stop Gun Violence

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Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.Gun violence deaths and injuries cost a total of $229 billion each year, according to a  2012 study that measured direct spending on law enforcement, criminal justice and health care related to shootings, as well as indirect costs like lost wages and the effects on victims’ quality of life. In other words, the average cost to taxpayers for a single gun homicide in America is nearly $400,000, according to the study. But for a fraction of that cost, hospitals have figured out  how to stop gun violence. HuffPost's senior reporter Nick Wing, who covers guns in America, followed one participant in one such program and discovered a world where just telling someone  that they mattered could save their life.  

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According toNY Magazine in depth article A recent study estimated that there are three hundred and ninety-three million civilian-owned firearms in the United States, a rate of 120.5 guns for every hundred residents, making the country's firearms-ownership rate twice that of the second-highest nation, Yemen.

"Gun control in our country is not really gun control anymore--it's people control," Swanson said. "We have to figure out the people who are so dangerous that it's justified to limit their Second Amendment right. That's really hard to do." Swanson contrasted the task in the United States with that faced by authorities in Western Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Japan, where guns are, by law, rare. In those countries, "do people have the right to walk around with a handgun for their personal protection? They say, 'No, it's too dangerous.' " " The root of the gun-violence problem, Swanson continued, "is baked into our country."

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