And the survey said.... evaluating rationale for participation in gun buybacks as a tool to encourage higher yields
School of Medicine; Department of Pediatrics, Division of Emergency Medicine; Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery; Department of Injury Prevention
Pediatrics | Public Health | Public Policy | Social Control, Law, Crime, and Deviance | Surgery
BACKGROUND: Gun buyback programs represent one arm of a multipronged approach to raise awareness and education about gun safety.
METHODS: The city of Worcester, MA has conducted an annual gun buyback at the Police Department Headquarters since 2002. We analyzed survey responses from a voluntary, 18-question, face-to-face structured interview from December 2009 to June 2015 using descriptive statistics to determine participant demographics and motivations for participation.
RESULTS: A total of 943 guns were collected, and 273 individuals completed surveys. The majority of participants were white males older than 55years (42.4%). Participants represented 61 zip codes across Worcester County, with 68% having prior gun safety training and 61% with weapons remaining in the home (27% of which children could potentially access). The top reasons for turning in guns were "no longer needed" (48%) and "fear of children accessing the gun" (14%). About 1 in 3 respondents knew someone injured/killed by gun violence. Almost all (96%) respondents claimed the program raised community awareness of firearm risk.
CONCLUSION: The Worcester Goods for Guns Buyback has collected more than 900 guns between 2009 and 2015. The buyback removes unwanted guns from homes and raises community awareness about firearm safety.
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Citation: J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Aug 30. pii: S0022-3468(16)30285-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2016.08.009. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site
Firearms safety, Injury prevention, Gun buybacks
Kasper, Rebecca E.; Green, Jonathan; Damle, Rachelle N.; Aidlen, Jeremy T.; Nazarey, Pradeep; Manno, Mariann M.; Borer, Esther; and Hirsh, Michael P., "And the survey said.... evaluating rationale for participation in gun buybacks as a tool to encourage higher yields" (2016). Pediatric Publications and Presentations. 100.