While self-reported gun carrying increased in Chicago over the 2007 to 2013 time period, it declined rapidly in Los Angeles and remained less than half the Chicago rate in New York, according to the study from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The prevalence of high school freshman and sophomore students who reported carrying a gun was 9 percent in Chicago, 4 percent in New York and 6 percent in Los Angeles between 2007 and 2013, the study found.
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When students were exposed to more violence risk factors, such as feeling unsafe in school, being exposed to fights or doing illegal drugs, they were more likely to carry a gun, the study found. Chicago's students were exposed to more guns and these risk factors between 2007 and 2013 than their peers in New York and LA.
The authors hypothesize Chicago students between the ages of 14 and 16 who were carrying guns in 2013 were likely involved in Chicago's gun violence in 2016 and 2017.
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"Our findings suggest that there is a clear link between the increase in Chicago students carrying guns in 2013 and the city's spike in gun violence in 2016," said senior author Joseph Feinglass, professor of general internal medicine, geriatrics and preventive medicine at Feinberg. "The city was fertile ground for this increase in shootings."
The study is the first of its kind to compare major cities on self-reported gun carrying among younger high school students. It was published April 10 in the journal Injury Epidemiology.
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"It's not hard to imagine why more students in Chicago carry guns than the other two cities with significant violence and homicide burden," said co-author Dr. Karen Sheehan, professor of pediatrics...
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