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[http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17922-carrying-a-gun-increases-risk-of-getting-shot-and-killed.html The NewScientist]<br> 
October 06 2009
<br>Ewen Callaway
 
[http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17922-carrying-a-gun-increases-risk-of-getting-shot-and-killed.html The NewScientist]<br> 
October 06 2009
<br>Ewen Callaway
  
 
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http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/AJPH.2008.143099v1
  
 
Their article reprts on a study from the [http://www.ajph.org/ American Journal of Public Health]. The current version of this article can be found here and the most resent abstract can be found here in this abstract we read:
 
Their article reprts on a study from the [http://www.ajph.org/ American Journal of Public Health]. The current version of this article can be found here and the most resent abstract can be found here in this abstract we read:

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Carrying a gun increases risk of getting shot and killed

The NewScientist

October 06 2009

Ewen Callaway

http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/AJPH.2008.143099v1

Their article reprts on a study from the American Journal of Public Health. The current version of this article can be found here and the most resent abstract can be found here in this abstract we read: Objectives. We investigated the possible relationship between being shot in an assault and possession of a gun at the time. Methods. We enrolled 677 case participants that had been shot in an assault and 684 population-based control participants within Philadelphia, PA, from 2003 to 2006. We adjusted odds ratios for confounding variables. Results. After adjustment, individuals in possession of a gun were 4.46 (P<.05) times more likely to be shot in an assault than those not in possession. Among gun assaults where the victim had at least some chance to resist, this adjusted odds ratio increased to 5.45 (P<.05). Conclusions. On average, guns did not protect those who possessed them from being shot in an assault. Although successful defensive gun uses occur each year, the probability of success may be low for civilian gun users in urban areas. Such users should reconsider their possession of guns or, at least, understand that regular possession necessitates careful safety countermeasures.