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Underestimates of unintentional firearm fatalities: comparing Supplementary Homicide Report data with the National Vital Statistics System
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    • Catherine W. Barber, Co-director, NVISS
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      • Deborah Azrael, David Hemenway, and Jenny Hochstadt

    Dear Editor

    Kleck states that the misclassification of some unintentional shootings as homicides is likely to be counterbalanced by the misclassification of some suicides as unintentional, citing a study of unintentional gun deaths in North Carolina in the 1970s as evidence.[1] However, the investigators in that study reviewed only self-inflicted shootings that were noted as "accidents" or "undetermined" for ma...

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    Doubts about undercounts of gun accident deaths

    Dear Editor

    Barber et al.[1] note that some fatal gun accidents (FGAs) may be missclassified as homicides, and conclude that the nation "may be undercounting the burden of unintentional firearm deaths". They report 168 gun deaths labelled negligent (and thus accidental) manslaughters by police, and estimate that 75 % were misclassified as intentional homicides on death certificates, implying an undercount of...

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