Gun Accidents in Florida Double the National Average

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Health, 4 out of every 10 people who are rushed to a Florida hospital or emergency room with a nonfatal wound were shot by accident. It’s not armed robbers or gangs who send the largest percentage of gunshot survivors to emergency rooms in Florida – its people who accidentally shoot themselves or someone else.

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What makes this so important is that this problem is far bigger than it is anywhere else in the United States. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida gun accidents have been double the national average for the past three years. In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, gun control has received a massive amount of attention, as 20 first-graders and six adults were killed by a single gunman. It’s important to understand that gunshots actually hurt more people every year than they kill.

According to a recent article and the AHCA, Florida hospitals and emergency rooms last year chalked up more than $57 million in charges for accidental-gunshot survivors, according to AHCA. The average accidental-gunshot patient admitted to a hospital required $85,024 in care, according to the agency, and half of that was borne by government providers such as Medicare and Medicaid.

Many cases include minors who illegally carry guns, violating the state’s ban on minors possessing a gun. While it’s not clear how many households in Florida have guns, it is a fact that offers are finding and seizing a large amount of stolen guns from Florida homes. In order to reduce access to loaded firearms, Florida officials urge families to store firearms safely in secure gun safes.

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