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In 2000, there were only 3,016 nonfatal firearm-related injuries recorded

by the NEISS—about 4 percent of all reported self-injuries. Because

NEISS only records self-injury events that are screened in an emergency

department, and because firearm injuries may be more likely to be treated

in an emergency department than other kinds of self-injuries, the actual

fraction of nonlethal self-injuries that occur by firearm is likely to be even

lower. Furthermore, rates of nonfatal firearm-related injuries have been

declining since 1993 (Gotsch et al., 2001).

1981 1984 1987 1990 1993 1996 1999

Rate per 100,000 in Each Racial Category

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

Whites

Total

Blacks

Other

FIGURE 3-8 Suicide rates by race, 1981-1999.