Studies have found that the number of people killed as a result of armed violence exceeds the number of dead

As gun violence continues in Rochester, new studies show that the death toll exceeds the number of deaths and injuries to include the financial and psychological impacts on survivors and society.

Nationally, the annual cost of armed violence is $557 billion, more than the gross domestic product of 160 countries, according to a study Released this month by Arms Control Defense Group Evertown. These costs include medical expenses; immediate care and follow-up; Business loss of lost earnings or provision of unpaid care to victims; Police resources, such as investigation and imprisonment; and quality of life costs.

New York’s share of this total was $11.4 billion or $588 per resident, the second-lowest cost per resident for gun violence after Massachusetts. Both are among the states with the strongest gun laws, Everytown notes. The highest total cost was in Texas, at $51 billion. Alaska had the highest cost per resident at $3,397.

according to Everytown Cost Calculatoreach New York homicide victim represents $14 million in costs to families, employers, government and the broader community, while each non-fatal victim results in total costs of up to $500,000.

Sarah Board Sharps, Senior Director of Research at Everytown, said: at a hearing before the Congressional Joint Economic Committee this month. “But examining the serious economic consequences of gun violence provides a broader lens to understand the breadth and cost of this crisis.”

Everytown data shows that the cost of firearm violence in Rochester from January to June was $461 million, with taxpayers bearing $35 million of that cost.

“While not everyone is directly exposed to gun violence, we are all paying an economic price for this pandemic,” Bird-Sharps said.

Similar to Everytown, Results of a 10-year study From Harvard University’s Department of Health Care Policy published in June highlights the medical and psychological costs of gun violence. The research focused primarily on survivors of gun violence.

“Firearm-related deaths have been nationally monitored,” the report states. “Meanwhile, non-fatal firearm injuries (which include firearm accidents) remain poorly understood.”

In total, with approximately 85,000 survivors annually in the United States, researchers estimated that spending attributable to non-fatal firearm injuries nationally would exceed $2.5 billion in the first year after the accident. This number is for new survivors only. Long-term medical spending can also increase these costs as any subsequent spending from the increased psychological burden on family members.

In Rochester, the number of non-fatal casualties increased. In 2021, more than 350 shooting victims survived, a record level over the past two decades. In the middle of this year, the city had 139 non-fatal casualties.

According to a Harvard report, each of these survivors and, to a lesser extent, their family members are likely to see hospital bills, drug costs, and susceptibility to other illnesses and mental disorders all increase in the years following the event.

The researchers found that medical spending in the first year after the event was about $30,000 per survivor, many of whom depended on Medicare. In the first year, survivors were 200% more likely to have a mental disorder and 670% more likely to have a substance use disorder. However, researchers say this may be a sign of undiagnosed mental illness that may be detected during post-injury care.

Solutions identified by the report include the need for more screening around alcohol and substance abuse, more attention to safe prescription practices, and more firearm safety training and storage. It also stresses the need for additional data on this under-reported topic.

In contrast, the Everytown Report emphasizes the need for political action.

The report states that “compiling this information is vital so that policy makers and constituents can understand how resources are being spent today and provide direction for a different tomorrow.” “It places a price on our collective inaction and provides policymakers, advocates, local leaders, and all Americans with additional information that can help drive action to prevent shootings and keep our families safe.”

Jacob Schermerhorn He is a contributing writer for Rochester Beacon. Manara welcomes comments from readers who stick with us Comment Policy Including the use of their full real name.