Long-Lasting Consequences of Gun Violence and Mass Shootings

In the span of 2 weeks in March 2019, 2 students who survived the mass shooting that occurred in February 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and the father of 1 of the young victims of the mass shooting that occurred in December 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, died by suicide. Drawing direct individual-level causal connections between mass shootings and suicide deaths cannot be done with certainty; however, these 3 deaths painfully underscore the potential long-lasting consequences of gun violence generally and mass shootings specifically.

This article, written by Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, MD, MPH, PhD,  Douglas F. Zatzick, MD, and Frederick P. Rivara, MD, MPH, is disturbing – showing the realities of gun violence and its long-term effects.

You can access the article on the JAMA network by clicking HERE. 

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